Norwegian ‘guerrilla gardening’ to hit London

PUSHAK, an all-female Norwegian architectural practice, has won a competition to create a ‘guerrilla gardening’ installation for The Architecture Foundation in Central London to be launched in June 2010 at the London Festival of Architecture.

PUSHAK, an all-female Norwegian architectural practice, has won a competition to create a ‘guerrilla gardening’ installation for The Architecture Foundation in Central London to be launched in June 2010 at the London Festival of Architecture.

The installation, part of the Architecture Foundation’s international exchange programme, will feature ‘moss graffiti’ and a spectacular moss landscape. It is expected to be one of the highlights of the London Festival of Architecture and will run from the 19th June to the 6th August. PUSHAK’s approach to design is based on understanding local conditions such as climate and available natural and human resources. Based on these principles, PUSHAK’s installation takes its inspiration from both guerrilla gardening’s origins in south London and one of the focus areas of this year’s Festival – the Bankside Urban Forest.

Elias Redstone, Senior Curator at The Architecture Foundation commented “PUSHAK’s installation represents the high quality of work being produced by young architects in Norway and shows a keen awareness of local issues. The architects are taking a critical stance about activating our cities, at the same time as creating a welcoming environment for Londoners and visitors to the London Festival of Architecture.”

Camilla Langeland, from PUSHAK Architects commented “We’re really excited to be involved with the London Festival of Architecture. Bankside is such a rich area for inspiration - full of culture and history. We hope that our interpretation of the local environment will create a surprising experience of nature in the urban landscape and will inspire visitors to become their own urban gardeners.”
PUSHAK’s installation is the official Norwegian participation of the International Architecture Showcase, partnership between the British Council and the Architecture Foundation at London Festival of Architecture 2010. It was made possible through the sponsorship of the Royal Norwegian Embassy, and the support of Jackson Coles.