On a Rooftops of Paris, a New Kind of Urban Garden


Such outlandish class were sourced from nurseries via a city and online — from places such as Pan-Global Plants, a mail-order business in Gloucestershire, England — by a Parisian gardener Arnaud Casaus, who in new years has challenged a conventions of French grave gardens, with their exquisite boxwood hedges, respectful rows of pastel tulips and round topiaries. The 45-year-old Casaus has reanimated several terraces, balconies, patios and other small-scale plots via Paris with his furious and naturalistic style, that is sensitive as most by his eye for singular general plants as by his possess clarity of disharmony and spontaneity. “It’s like cooking,” he told me progressing this year, as we toured several of his private residential projects. “You have a recipe in your hand, afterwards we go to a marketplace and find something that we never suspicion about before. So maybe we still have a same recipe, though we change it a small bit — for me, gardening is like that.” Much in a approach that contemporary chefs concentration on blending general influences, ancillary small-batch growers, heralding hyper-seasonality and colliding several chronological and informal references during once, Casaus is among a organisation of landscape architects — including Daniel Nolan in San Francisco, Gianmatteo Malchiodi in Parma, Italy, and Rick Eckersley in Melbourne, Australia — who are redefining their qualification mostly by ignoring a traditions, selecting instead to emanate copious juxtapositions in astonishing settings. His work dovetails with a larger immature transformation underway in Paris, where, given 2014, a city has been installing dozens of tiny, particular open gardens; in 2015, Mayor Anne Hidalgo announced an initiative, permis de végétaliser (“license to vegetate”), that provides permits and collection to assistance residents (or their landscapers) rise their possess civic plots, with a idea of adding 247 acres of straight and roof gardens via Paris by subsequent year. For Casaus, this mostly involves stacking visually graphic levels of, say, irritated cactuses and wispy flowering bushes, or branchy elaborate trees and soothing grasses, opposite a balustrade or facade. He prefers to work in parsimonious buliding not usually since those are what tend to be accessible in a city though also since it allows him to distill and devalue his contrast-driven vision.