The (Dialectical) Architecture of our World

For my final post, I’d like to briefly meditate on a problem which I left unaddressed in my first blog post, and which has loomed behind both of my posts since then.  This blog post was titled “From Design to Practice” (http://upperclassmonroe.blogs.wm.edu/2014/06/02/from-design-to-practice/) and in it I argue with what I call the “design model” of […]

Flower Power in the Entrepreneurial City

Cities are not so different from the garden, at least in the way we’ve come to think about them.  They can experience “growth” or “decay.”  Neighborhoods can become “blighted” much in the same way corn or potatoes can, and they can also be “revitalized” like a wilting plant in the rain.  Micro-economies can be “fertilized” […]

The Spaces of Myth. The Spaces of Rite.

Malinowksi

Plants are by no means neutral, and neither is our relationship to them. Through my fieldwork, I’ve noticed that some of the gardeners tend to treat the garden as an a-political place (after all, growing food is the one thing that brings people together, they say). The garden is a place that you can go […]