Designing with change at hand

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    Henderson, Ian
    2010 Conference Papers


ABSTRACT: Exploring methods to embrace a temporal factor in design,to both augment
and challenge the dominant discourse of spatial design, has been a concern of the
environmental design disciplines for some time. Nowhere has this argument been more
compelling than in the field of landscape architecture. Gardens in particular are subject to
environmental forces, plant growth and horticultural practices, and become something new
all the time, well beyond the anticipated projections of the designer. The garden has no
final form, “no unchanging inert core”.

Something of a disjunction can occur between designer and the ‘caretakers’ of a design, the
gardeners. Generally the gardeners take over at the point of the ‘completed’ design,
exercising horticultural skills in the care of a garden, but not usually design intent. In an
attempt to find common ground between design and the future evolution of a garden, this
paper explores the parameters for design and ‘re-making’ of a type of garden most
ostensibly fixed, sculptural and of a static quality: the Japanese karesansui, dry raked


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