Flora of the Future & Projective Ecologies

Places is featuring two chapters from the new book Projective Ecologies, edited by Chris Reed and Nina-Marie Lister and co-published by Actar and the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

In “The Flora of the Future,” botanist Peter Del Tredici argues that the native plants movement has got it all wrong: “The task facing tomorrow’s landscape architects is not so much how to eliminate these novel ecosystems but rather how to manage them to increase their ecological, social and aesthetic values.” In an engaging photo survey of ecological niches in the city, Del Tredici makes the case for spontaneous urban plants as flora of the future.

In “Ecology and Design: Parallel Genealogies,” the book’s editors trace the origins and evolution of the over-extended term “ecology” and explain how contemporary ecological models of “open-endedness, flexibility, resilience and adaptation” can inform design thinking.