“in punte pite, i went there and i knew the place and i said: ‘listen, this is for everybody because there is such beauty.’ this public space makes everything better, for business, for nature, for the people, for everybody. i think that the place talks by itself. if go there and walk along the coast as i did, you can feel that it’s a special place. so you build a path.”
24/08/2012 § Leave a comment
teresa moller, punte pite (2005)
caitrin daly and adrian keene: it’s almost like you mediate a way for people to negotiate and experience these sites.
teresa moller: yes, with one little line, it helps you to go from one place to the other but you don’t need more than that.
cd + ak: in terms of your process, when you design a landscape do you design piece by piece over time, or do you create a whole plan?
tm: i make a plan because you have to have one vision, one idea. one vision for all of it and you must know that you want something to come from this place. you may go in different ways, but you have to know where you start and where you finish – it doesn’t work to go little by little. because then it becomes like all different things together and you will never get the feeling of something that is a whole vision. for instance, a park design (named ‘casablanca ii’), started by discovering a circle that was there but you didn’t see it because it was hidden under many trees, i cleaned it and then suddenly i saw all these other trees that were also planted in a circle. somebody made this many years ago. from these discoveries i make a plan. but if i start in one place and i do one thing and then another thing it doesn’t become one experience.
cd + ak: so you must walk and experience the terrain and landscape before you begin designing…
tm: oh yes or else i can’t do anything….
cd + ak: if you could tell us a little bit about how you approach a site?
tm: i think it is very important to be in the place. before doing anything, you need to be aware of what is there and what that place wants you to do. i think it’s really the most important thing. it is something that one cannot overlook. you can’t design a project without spending time in the site because your design is empty without being connected with the place. for instance we are going to shanghai to design a project with a chilean architect. i told the client that i can’t think of something without first being there, even if it’s a patio inside a building. i could design it on the computer and create all the plans, but how can i understand what i want – or what the place wants – if i don’t know the landscape. so we have to go, just to breathe the air in shanghai, to know what we want to have there.
cd + ak: more and more, people work with photographs or on the computer in order to create a design.
tm: yes, people often work from photography. i would prohibit this. it happens so much that you go back to the studio, you do the plans, you do the work and then you start building. then you realize that you didn’t see that there was a hill that you could have put in the view. you have to be in the site.
cd + ak: you describe your design practice as being a tool which can completely immerse people in nature. how do you think that your work does this?
tm: not as good as i would like! because people are really difficult. i work in nature because it is not so serious. it’s not like if you were a medical doctor working in the intensive care unit where people are about to die. nature is all the opposite. everything is… very clear. we cannot say what it is though! it is very difficult to have people to get the feeling of immersion and to take advantage of what that means. of what nature means. i think the world is becoming so strict, we are so far away from what nature is and we need it to be alive. so now you will have anything at home to remind you of what nature is, even if its a pot of tomatoes.
cd + ak: would you say the artificial is becoming more natural, or that nature is becoming more artificial? for example parametric modeling that simulates natural growth patterns?
tm: it will never work. for instance the 3d computer, i don’t think it’s trying to become more natural i think it is trying to help you in building an artificial environment in a better way, using a better tool to work with. but it is still artificial, made using a better tool. so i think artificial has to go very artificial. it will never become natural and it cannot be in between these things.
- excerpt of the article a conversation with: teresa moller from kerb 19 – paradigms of nature: post natural futures
build a path
a young hare
[title + text] Daly, Caitrin, and Adrian Keene. “A Conversation With: Teresa Moller.” Paradigms of Nature: Post Natural Futures. By Caitrin Daly. Melbourne: Melbourne, 2011. 18-23. Print.
[images] i can’t remember where i came across these photos. but there are several nice ones from the landscape architect teresa mollers own website. well worth a visit.