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SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE, PLANNING AND LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE // LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE

Hanlu Yu, Sushmitha Sunder

GRADUATE STUDENTS, LANDSCAPE ARCHITECUTRE

Roads and their right of ways are not only corridors for movement of vehicles, but also for movement of smaller particles such as seeds. The speed of vehicles acts as a catalyst for dispersal of seeds along the linear stretch. The design illustrates this speed and the force that comes with it to create change. Interstate 85 and its right of way passing through the Tuskegee national forest area provides the opportunity for seed dispersal methods to create a landscape mimicking that of the internal parts of the Tuskegee forest. The overpass at each end of the forest acts as a gateway that informs the driver of their passage through the forest.

The installation is essentially made to alert the driver of a different environment. It is made up of varied placements and phases of seed pods. Each seed catalyst pod is made with clay that contains seeds of the plants that are found in the Tuskegee forest. Overtime, the clay installation will melt due to the rains, and the seeds will germinate and disperse further onto the roads. This, in turn, allows for new landforms. The speed of the vehicles will push them into new dimensions, giving rise to novel ecologies.

Seed Catalysts, road right-of-way installations, digital print, 14.5" x 43.0", 2016

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