An Infrastructure for Reality
By Franny Kyle
Landscape Architecture Design 2 | Phoebe Lickwar
In an era where half of Americans live with a chronic illness and anthropogenic behaviors have fundamentally altered global climate, the design proposal for the Heman Sweat Campus at the University of Texas at Austin is conceived as a regenerative infrastructure. The proposal applies and defines regenerative infrastructure as a muscular formal language that invites people and planet to enter into space where the sense of loss cannot be untangled from the era’s realities.
The proposal interrogates the design language of the medicinal garden, not only a language between people but between people and planet as partners in grief and companions in search of a new paradigm of healing that acknowledges the reality that some things can’t be resolved, only carried. The paralleling of human bodies and ecological bodies breaking poses the question of how these bodies might enter into a spatial and supportive dialogue with one another.