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TEN x TEN, “Open Field”
October 17, 2022 @ 9:00 am - November 17, 2022 @ 4:30 pm
The Clark and Laura Boyce Gallery, 104 Design Building
Founded in 2015, TEN x TEN is a transdisciplinary landscape architecture and urban design practice grounded by a shared curiosity and passion for experimentation and agency. “We collaborate with visionary clients and teams to co-create immersive, resilient landscapes that adapt to social, economic and environmental transformation.
Capitalizing on creative alliances between fields, we operate comfortably within a shifting set of disciplinary boundaries. We listen, communicate and trust, cultivating a design process full of community and laughter.
Our work pays careful attention to craft, beauty and temporality inherent in any landscape. Merging art and science, our process challenges norms of the landscape architecture profession. We ask: What do we see? How can we document, investigate and experiment to build relationships and deepen our ways of knowing? How can we apply various modes of seeing and making to discover the magic latent in a site? Our studies document change: mold, decay, growth, competition, failure and resilience. We explore spaces, materials and ecologies at all scales, and elevate the everyday human experience through a deep respect for the authenticity of people, culture and ecology.”
Exhibition hosted in conjunction with Paula G. Manship Endowed Lecture by Maura Rockcastle, TEN x TEN principal, on October 17, 2022.
About Open Field
As the field of landscape architecture evolves to combat the issues of our time -climate change and just futures – how we practice matters. Through design research, experimental methods of design process and ideation, and provocative questioning, TEN x TEN challenges the normative environment of professional practice through process-oriented ways of working, engaging, and seeing landscape. Our agency as landscape architects to address the issues of our time is grounded in part by our ability to challenge the critical foundation of the design process itself and to practice modes of discovery as a generative act.
Exploration for the purpose of discovery offers time and space to create a feedback loop between us and a place; between future potential and the conditions of the site itself. Committing to an unfixed and open-ended process of discovery requires that we choose to practice observing, documenting, and translating as a critical way of seeing. The act of exploring, ground truthing, and observing helps us to see landscape as a cultural and dynamic medium; to understand what it does and how it works.
We use a multitude of methods and media to explore, question and test ideas. These methods are tied to larger questions about how to decode, situate, and reveal a multitude of layers and forces (time, light, temperature, desire, choice, and sensory experience) acting upon landscapes.