Theodore Hoerr, Founding Principal of Terrain Work, is teaching Plants & Design at Rhode Island School of Design again this spring with fellow plant fanatic Adam Anderson of Design Under Sky. Our course approaches plants and design through three areas of inquary: Time & Space, Ornament & Affect, and Culture & Production.
Over the last few decades plants have often been reduced to "green infrastructure" while the discourse surrounding them has been limited to largely ecological functions. These issues are important, no doubt, but they cast plants as more of an instrumental tool rather than an artful muse. We aim to change this. Along with our students our course will explore how plants have the ability to create culture, shape space, and provide atmospheric effects creating new experiences in the built environment. If there are any plant lovers out there we would love to hear your thoughts on this topic! Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.