The Greening: 209 evokes different moments in time: present, future, and past. In the U.S. a house or other building may last a generation or more. The systems we design to guide us as a society outlive us all, though they are not permanent either. How do we know if the structures we put in place are working? How long does the long view need to be if we are going to plan accordingly? It’s time to remodel.
The Average age of homes in the US is 35. Is that because we are a “young” culture? Or a disposable one? Vines grow quickly, decay can be seen on the walls, and an oculus opens up on the roof. Is this a time-lapse showing years compressed into seconds or are those plants actually predatory? Is the oculus actually the moon, or are there primordial organisms swimming under a microscope? We’ll only know if we spend some time, looking at the same thing, all facing the same direction.
And this is what being rooted in a place, in the landscape, does for us. To all face the same way, shoulder to shoulder, laboring together- this is the only way to be human together. Everything else that defines us is less consequential.