Date:  19 June 2010 10:00 - 06 August 2010 16:00
Location: London

Norwegian ‘guerrilla gardening’ hits London

PUSHAK's installation features ‘moss graffiti’ and a spectacular moss landscape. Photo: (c) The Architecture Foundation / Guy Archard

Moss Your City, by the Oslo-based architectural practice PUSHAK is the outcome of The Architecture Foundation's international exchange programme for emerging architects in Norway and the UK - launched to promote the best new architects from both countries

PUSHAK was established by Sissil Morseth Gromholt, Camilla Langeland, Marthe Melbye and Gyda Drage Kleiva with an inclusive vision of architecture that considers local landscape and climate, energy use and local human and natural resources in the design process. The practice quickly gained recognition for, amongst other projects, a series of rest stops along the National Tourist Routes that placed contemporary architecture within the Norwegian landscape.

Moss your City is PUSHAK's first project overseas and furthers their research into the relationship between contemporary architecture, landscape and natural resources. It was inspired by the Bankside Urban Forest (a focus area of the London Festival of Architecture 2010) and by the work of green activists across South London.

Responding to a long history of moss in architecture - from traditional Japanese gardens to Victorian mosseries - PUSHAK presents a moss landscape that is designed to inspire and enchant. The aim is to show moss as a beautiful and versatile material that can work in harmony with contemporary design. Naturally abundant and requiring low maintenance, moss could be exploited to create new types of architecture that unite nature and architecture.

PUSHAK believes that, along with architects and planners, individuals should also take responsibility for greening cities to create more amenable, vibrant and healthier places to live. The accompanying catalogue shows how you can get involved in urban gardening projects in South London, as well as providing a recipe for 'moss graffiti' so that you too can Moss Your City.

Moss your City is the official Norwegian participation in the International Architecture Showcase, organised by the British Council and The Architecture Foundation for the London Festival of Architecture 2010 with support from the Royal Norwegian Embassy in London and Norsk Form. Later this year, UK architects will return to Norway to take part in Oslo's 4th International Architecture Triennale.

PUSHAK at The Architecture Foundation
19 June – 6 August 2010
The Architecture Foundation
Ground Floor East
136–148 Tooley St
London SE1 2TU
Entry: Free
Open hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 12 – 6pm

Moss Your City is open until 6 August at the Architecture Foundation, London Bridge. Photo: (c) The Architecture Foundation / Guy Archard

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