5. Roaming Forest

Description: The Roaming Forest is a project selected and developed for the Biennale of Landscape Urbanism: Timing 2010. It is an urban intervention that explores the making and remaking of public spaces through the hands of individuals, groups of people, and the city government. Following the lifecycle of a nursery-grown tree, the project begins with saplings planted in vacant lots before they are transplanted to mobile containers and moved around the city to create public spaces. As the containers deteriorate the trees are planted where they stand.

The project explores the temporalities of landscape and tensions between the planned and lived nature of public spaces. This biennale, curated by Yael Moria-Klain and Sigal Barnir, offered the city of Bat-Yam as a laboratory for examining alternative uses for urban space. Landscape architects, artists and architects were invited to reinvent the spaces, processes and conditions that give rise to conditions of temporality in the city.

The Roaming Forest was published in Landscape: The Journal of the Landscape Institute, Landscape Architecture Network, Abitare, Topos, and the Institute for Urban Design. It was exhibited in: Timing 2010: Biennale of Landscape Urbanism, Bat-Yam; Bottom-Up: EME3 International Festival of Architecture, Barcelona; Going Green in the City: From Garden City to Green City, Garden Museum, London.

Date: 2010
Project Studio (Ed Wall)
Mike Dring
Yael Bar Maor Landscape Architects (Yael Bar Maor)
Thanks: Yael Moria-Klain, Sigal Barnir, curatorial and construction teams