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 one does finally encounter a thoughtful 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 a week I spent 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.
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. I was fortunate to experience this green architecture by Marek Budzynski and Zbigniew Badowski and garden design by Irena Bajerska.