Wild Urbanism: Cities Let Go to Seed

Advanced Architecture Studio 5

Fall 2012

Julie Bargmann, critic

Vast landscapes of post-industrial cities have gone wild. Sites strewn with weeds growing out of gritty remnants of productive parts lay fallow. Most people see these landscapes as empty, blighted and worthless. But are they really? This studio’s premise called into question the dismissal of sites gone wild as a legitimate part of the urban landscape while also acknowledging the dilemma of what to do with them. With the increasing number of shrinking cities in this country, one is left questioning what is left in the wake of abandoned urban fabric? What is the potential for cultivated wilds to become essential to a post-industrial urban mosaic?

Mikki Asada A/B/C/D/E