May 18, 2006

Manifestos: "What form should the city and landscape take?"

This assignment was given by Randy Hester to his Spring 2006 Sacred Landscape students. Randy also challenged his students to post their manifestos in public places. Three students met his challenge. The first manifesto was written in chalk on a wall. Several days later, the writing was washed off the wall. The second manifesto was challenged immediately (see graffiti in the upper left corner). The third manifesto has been described by its author as a "Jim Henson" manifesto...will it be challenged or embraced? Sections of the three manifestos are shown below. Manifesto by Erik and Jordan Photograph by local Ecology ( Manifesto by Lucas Photograph by local Ecology ( Due to technical difficulties the third manifesto (by Rachel) cannot be displayed at this time.

May 14, 2006

Ruin and renewal post-Katrina

From the Common Ground Collective, photographs of landscapes of ruin and collective renewal.

May 8, 2006

Ways to arrange trees

Alone, in a row, clustered in a grove Ways to arrange trees ....................................... Specimen Wolf tree Allee, street tree Wind and hedge row Orchard, greenbelt Child's fort, camp fire Downed log, woodchips Oak seedling, Franklin Park, Boston Photograph by local Ecology (

May 1, 2006

Desire paths

A desire path is the informal and shortest route between two points. Landscape designers and maintenance staff erase desire paths and install barriers to deter use. I discovered a classic example of this on the UC Berkeley campus. In this case, the original desire path was re-seeded and fenced (right side of image). But, a second desire path was created adjacent to the enclosure (left side of image). The attempt to restore the grass on the original path has only made other areas look "greener," i.e. the grass is greener on the other side of the fence. UC Berkeley campus Photograph by local Ecology ( Note: italicized text was added on 2 May 2006.