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Cultivation, Computation, and the Morphological Intelligence of Plants: Deepening the Human-Botanical Relationship in the Landscape

Plants demonstrate intelligence, albeit a non-zoological form. Advances in digital and physical computing technologies provide new avenues for developing a deeper engagement with this intelligence – an ideal space for the digital landscape architect. Morphology is both a fundamental expression of plant behavior and an important element of landscape architecture practice, providing a unique dialogistic medium. Cultivation, a practice historically associated within the discipline, could theoretically be renewed to this end: a Computational Cultivation. This paper seeks to frame this poorly defined area and identifies challenges and opportunities for research and application. A series of case studies that intersect digital technologies, traditional cultivation practices, and morphological behavior are explored. From these, a synthesis of possibilities, both applied and philosophical are constructed.

Autor / Author: Barnes, James; Barnes, Audrey
Institution / Institution: The University of Virginia, Charlottesville/USA; James Madison University, Harrisonburg/USA
Seitenzahl / Pages: 8
Sprache / Language: Englisch
Veröffentlichung / Publication: JoDLA – Journal of Digital Landscape Architecture, 7-2022
Tagung / Conference: Digital Landscape Architecture 2022 – Hybrid Landscapes
Veranstaltungsort, -datum / Venue, Date: Harvard University, Cambridge Mass, USA 09-06-22 - 10-06-22
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Keywords (en): Plant intelligence, morphology, planting design, landscape maintenance, computational cultivation
Paper review type: Full Paper Review
DOI: doi:10.14627/537724003
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