All-female Norwegian architectural practice, PUSHAK, has won the opportunity to create a guerilla gardening installation for this year’s London Festival of Architecture.
The practice’s installation, which is part of the Architecture Foundation’s international exchange programme for emerging architects in Norway and the UK, will take its inspiration from guerilla gardening’s origins in South London and the Bankside Urban Forest, and will feature moss graffiti and a captivating moss landscape.
Set up in 2006 by four young architects, PUSHAK gained recognition for its road-stop installations for the Norwegian National Tourist Routes and its winning entry for Vestfold Crematorium, which is due to be completed in September. Its approach to design is based on an understanding of the local conditions, such as climate, and available natural and human resources.
Elias Redstone, Senior Curator at The Architecture Foundation, said that PUSHAK’s installation showed a keen awareness of local issues: “The architects are taking a critical stance about activating our cities, at the same time as creating a welcoming environment for Londoners and visitors to the London Festival of Architecture.”
PUSHAK’s Camilla Langeland said the team were excited to be involved: “Bankside is such a rich area for inspiration. It’s full of culture and history. We hope that our interpretation of the local environment will create a surprising way to experience nature in the urban landscape and will inspire visitors to become their own urban gardeners.”
The installation is Norway’s official participation in the International Architecture Showcase – a partnership between the British Council and the Architecture Foundation at London Festival of Architecture 2010.
The London Festival of Architecture is a bi-annual, city-wide celebration of architecture in the capital and takes place from 19 June to 4 July 2010.