Call for Ideas: The Garden of Plants
Much has been said about the contemporary garden, which has explored various forms of architecture and design in recent years. At the same time, ecological issues have been brought to everyone’s attention, so much so that the garden, as an artistic and cultural manifestation of nature, cannot ignore the principles of energy saving, the conservation of water resources, and unconditional respect for all forms of biodiversity.
Science has made great strides in allowing us to understand the strength of our interdependence with our planet, both as human beings and as part of a complex system, ecosystems of inter-species relationships between organisms that, directly or indirectly, hold up the delicate balance that our planet requires in the way we know, admire and wish to preserve. Furthermore, technology continues to advance, so that we can no longer imagine a future without innovation. One element is however being lost: the gardens in which every day, we develop a close relationship with plants
Therefore, with this call for ideas – conceived by Antonio Perazzi, artistic director of the Radicepura Garden Festival – our purpose is to invite designers to engage with the theme of gardens in which plants are not an ancillary or simple decoration, but the starting point and the inspiration for the design. The designers and planners, regardless of their training, will be required to try their hand at “botany for landscape designers”, remaining light and joyful like the flowering of a wild flower, or sophisticated as the most precious rare plant, which needs care and culture, artistic sense and poetry. While remaining committed to environmental principles, which we support as the highest priority, we expect to receive elegant, well-designed projects that