coexistence: we’re getting a crash course.
sheltered-in-place with our families, our environs, our own selves. while this isn’t a foreign concept it is, at this magnitude, a novel experience. how will this experience transform our understanding of our environments? and will this translate into how we coexist with our world, and in what we’re willing to invest? there are so many talented and passionate designers, architects, engineers, landscapers, scientists and civil leaders (to name a few) that are ready, willing, and capable of creating human environments that are in greater harmony with the natural world, and thereby in greater harmony with our own humanity. we have been living with the barest of minimums invested in human ecology, with most energies and monies going towards the facilitation of desired behaviors and minimization of costs...so much so that when you do finally encounter a thoughtful, considerate, and well integrated space it is almost unsettling - unsettling in how something can be so obvious and yet so anomalous. and one (me) wonders, surprised and grateful, whose brilliance and humanity made this possible? * these images are from this past fall - when I spent a week photographing a rooftop garden in warsaw, poland. from this public park, one of the largest green roof gardens in europe, I was able to look out upon a city with a heavy history, a city rebuilt and regrown, and see, and feel, a vibrant and open place. the astounding gardens on the roof of the warsaw university library were a perch upon which I was able to nest, if only for a few days, in the healing power and vision that humans can offer each other.

green architecture by marek budzynski and zbigniew badowski 
garden design by irena bajerska
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