Note — Sep 19, 2021

Working with Brian Eno on Design Principles for Streets

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Dan Hill with one of those multifaceted 30+ minute reads he has the secret of, this time time expanding on each of Eno’s principles which the artist and musician contributed to Vinnova’s One-Minute City projects in Sweden.

They’re all good and the piece is worth a read for Hill’s thinking on each (and lots of links) but I found the first three, related to gardening, soil, and art especially generative. One can also read it from the perspective I mentioned concerning the article above, where architecture, design, and inventing futures connect. Eno’s principles see the city as a living and evolving thing, while Hill’s projects project a certain vision (co-designed with kids and various citizens) into the near future with the intent to affect how the city changes.

[T]he practices of gardening provide our most fruitful metaphorical terrain: the slower dynamic of organic growth; the sensibility of care, attention and cultivation; its regenerative potential; embodying systems and ecosystems, as well as cultural expression and social justice; the understanding that a garden can be planned, yet not controlled, and a thousand other things […]

[C]ore to the One-Minute City idea: that the space outside your front door is yours, as a citizen—even if it is not exclusively yours. It is the space you and your neighbours have an intimate relationship with, and can reasonably take ownership of, as long as this is not the exclusion of other uses, and ideally supports a diversity of other uses in the street. […]

[M]aking art can be more usefully thought of as being like gardening: you plant a few seeds and then start watching what happens between them, how they come to life and how they interact. It doesn’t mean there’s no plan at all, but that the process of making is a process of you interacting with the object, and letting it set the pace. This approach is sometimes called ‘procedural’. I call it ‘generative’. […]

What might come out of that discussion? What would be a new form of community, based on collaborative, regenerative relationships between human and non-human nature?