The Flight of Trees

In recent times, a bizarre phenomenon occurs over our heads: trees soar into the sky and assist Architecture in grabbing clouds.

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The word often used to define this creative rarity – that is to say the migration of flora towards unexpected places – is radical. These so-called radical projects aspire to overturn conventions in order to appear expressions of a new avant-garde. What is probably forgotten in this admirable intention is that the word radical comes from the Latin radix-icis, meaning root-s. The roots of a project are not to be found in the form of the trunk nor in the shape of leaves, they are wisely kept hidden and bound tightly to the soil that wraps them; as marks of the project they will not die in few years but rather remain firmly joined to the place in which lie, as they were born in that.

By moving the trees to unconventional settings such as bridges, roofs or balconies, the risk is to deprive vegetation of its link with the ground. This sharp detachment allows the City to win effortlessly land vacated by Nature, and fill with a casting of walls the last clefts left empty between windows. The City requires more space to expand, thus with a smooth blow that flows between its teeth and mouth, it relocates Nature to the celestial realm and throw Man into a deep metropolitan abyss in order to build a perfect world over him, a world in which roots are confused with branches.

[The article refers indirectly to: Vertical Forest by Stefano Boeri Architects, Milan _ and Garden Bridge by Heatherwick Studio, London _ bridge /].


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