Temporary Green(S)

wheat and steel containers

 

In the hopes of providing an alternative to insensitive development, temporary green-spaces were situated throughout Seoul, South Korea to promote how green spaces foster urban sustainability while reclaiming areas made unsuitable for cultivation. Today more than 50% of the world’s population inhabits urban areas, making the urban environment the most common habitat for man. This rapid migration to urban areas coupled with population increases has lead to large scale air, water, and noise pollution, solid waste, traffic congestion, and has greatly contributed to an inefficient food distribution system.

Green spaces provide a wide range of benefits by improving the quality of urban life as well as environment. Their barely visible role in arresting pollution, acting as dust-busters, reducing noise pollution, and providing a local food source wile keeping climate change at bay, are all well known. Green spaces also contribute to wider governmental objectives such as improved health, more sustainable neighborhood renewal and better community cohesion, especially in more disadvantaged communities. Neglected areas attract anti-social behavior and have the potential to undermine sustainable urban revitalization. It is well understood that green spaces play an important role in the social and natural sustainability of any city. However, due to their multi-functional characteristics, the development of green spaces is becoming a more and more complex issue that needs careful consideration. If green spaces are to be successful in making urban regions more livable, they must be understood by its citizenry. Art that utilizes green space can do assist in this directive.