mattias malk

In the city, plants help to make a space more liveable by making it appear more natural. Trees, for example, often serve several architectural and engineering functions. They provide privacy, emphasize views or screen out objectionable views. They reduce glare, noise and reflection. Trees direct pedestrian traffic. They provide background to and soften, complement, or enhance architecture. Also larger forested areas within a city help process carbon dioxide on top of being leisure spots.

I am interested in, is the way nature evolves in a planned, stationary environment - the unplanned in relation to the planned. Asphalt, concrete, fences and such do not develop on their own, they are static. Nature has to overcome their physical presence. In doing so, a movement is registered; of how being overcame non-being (leaning over it, going through picked fences, nesting in walls).

"When people can meet each other more easily, they are more inclined to become a community" - Judith Leober, architect / town planner.

This socialist way of thinking together with the mentality of rationalism (rations and portions being part of dystopian theory) gave way to the maximums of minimum. Berthold Lubetkin (German socialist architect) condemned the desire for Gemütlichkeit (coziness, well-being) as a lack of civic valour and aimed to create an Eldorado for the working classes by marching side by side with them.

"High density" looks in to the history of developing the modern living space.

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