TransPlant explores new ways of working, allowing designers and developers to use existing landscapes as a source of inspiration and raw material.
If we can find new practices that make sense in the real world – that can be tested, developed and shared –an alternative emerges.
Working with existing resources as we build new spaces, leading to unexpected designs. A sense of movement. Some wildness. A complex beauty.
By working with surrounding ecosystems, we can create beautiful, nuanced designs that are both inspired by and a continuation of their landscapes. Spaces that change and develop as time goes by, exploring the interplay of nature and design as one becomes the other.
Our current research is guided by these questions:
What sizes of tree could survive a transplantation to a roof deck?
What sizes are suitable for a roof deck considering weight and character, etc?
What are the soil conditions, what equipment can be used to dig up/lift the trees?
Do the local pine trees have an anchoring root?
How can the transplanted trees be anchored?
Can the ground cover survive storage?
How can the ground cover be handled? (lifted and brought to its final location)?
What are the protentional gains of transplanting soil?
How can the soil be transplanted? In blocks or as “loose” substrate?
What are the restrictions for using natural soil on roof decks?
How should the substrate used under the transplanted substrate and ground cover be engineered?
How can we avoid weeds?
How can transplanted vegetation and substrate mange stormwater?
How much water does transplanted vegetation need?
Is there a risk for water shortage, and how is that handled?
Can the water be stored closer to the vegetation and not in need of pumps?
Designing in a way that respects the complexities of actual living ecosystems leads to spaces that feel surprising, balanced and connected.
Rather than discarding valuable indigenous plant life, these practices allow us to use these as resources in developments.
Integrating surrounding wildlife
By using local flora and microbiology, we create stepping stones or corridors that reduce a development’s impact on the surrounding ecosystem and wildlife.
Supporting soil microbiology
Rather than using sterile and manufactured soils that have been stripped of structure, seed banks, mycelium and other important components, re-using local soils retains valuable microbiology.
Innovative approaches to stormwater
By integrating stormwater into the design as a natural resource, it becomes an integral element, rather than a threat.