The material in the catalogue repositions the garden typology at the heart of my practice. The garden is viewed as a favourable environment to explore playful and creative modes of engagement within my pratice. As a conclusion, the making of a physical garden explored collectively the principle of serendipity and the notion of play, in a new context, and opened up my reflection to new perspectives. Play constitutes a form of resistance to external forces, and refers to a principle of protection that is implicitly or tacitly established either within the agency, or by/for myself. Play refers to a complex system, to tactics that are capable of generating self-regulating dynamics within the creative process.
My research is in line with this theoretical framework, but stands alone by interrogating the metaphor of the bricoleur in the practice of landscape architecture. Bricolages and collages are playful operative modes, tactics I have observed and tested in various contexts. This approach allowed me to understand my practice in a new way, seeing it as a Hortus Ludi (garden-as-laboratory and playful place), while at the same time adding a new meaning to the name of the agency
Playful Tactics introduces a dialogue between Claude Lévi-Strauss’s definition of bricolage (1962) and my own practice. A large part of this catalogue proposes to make visible both this dialogue and the new opportunities arising from it.
Playful Tactics (Phd)
Dr Penfornis explored the notion of play in his practice of landscape architect. The research revealed new modes of engagements (gardens), and artefacts (collages, models, drawings). The findings contribute to provide insight on making visible a significant part of the tacit knowledge in the field of landscape architecture.