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Growing Fence (育てる垣根)

2011-ongoing Villa Sakuradani, Kyoto

  • Horticultural placemaking ‧ convivial micro-garden ‧ self-contracting dynamic ‧ unity of purpose

A neighbourly collaboration with Yuka Saitô, Mie Saitô, Robin Russ, Ana Lorena Lima, Rumiko and Toshiki Yura, Mrs. Murata-san, Makiko Hori, Mo Takagi, and Stefanie Schäfer.

Converting the street-side fencing of a residential house into a public vertical garden, created a place for growing human connections and plant life. By signing a rental agreement, neighbours and commuters alike became Plant Tenants and committed themselves to establish a home for their vegetal offspring in this horticultural structure called Growing Fence. While the Plant Tenants were used and harvested their Plant Homes at their own free will, the host or Plantlord of Growing Fence traded some personal space for a vibrant social meshwork.

Growing Fence has made a virtue of necessity by replacing a desolate, insulating fence with an organic interface that modulates between private and public.

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The street-side fence (left) converted into a neighbor-led, vertical garden (right).
Neighbors and passerbyers were invited to inhabit an empty plot ('plant flat') in the Growing Fence.
The tenants signed an agreement to receive free plot ('plant flat') for nurture.
Akin to an apartment house, each plot ('plant flat') featured a name tag.
Each tenant planted or seeded to their liking.
Tenants committed themselves to look after their plot at least once a week.
Growing Fence became a message board for neighbourly encounters.
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The vertical micro-garden offered 20 gardening plots, compost, harvested rainwater, and southern exposure.
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A monthly newsletter with planting advise and project updates was distributed to each ‘plant flat’.
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The structure was built with scavenged materials after a graduation show of a nearby art school.