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Spontaneous Urban Plants: Weeds in NYC
Although we tend to think of our cities as concrete jungles, our post-new urban environment is awash in plant life. Wild urban plants have taken root along roadsides and chain-link fences, between cracks of pavement, and within vacant lots, rubble dumps and highway medians. Spontaneously propagating, these resilient plants find distinctive niches to thrive in and inhabit o ...more
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published April 19th 2016 by Archer
(first published March 15th 2016)
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SUP is an acronym for “Spontaneous Urban Plants” and refers to the plants that do well in the generally stressful environment of cities. To most people, these are invasive weeds and a great deal of effort and chemicals are used in an attempt to keep them in check. Yet, there are other ways to look at these plants. As a source of food, providing some green in an otherwise drab environment, as a cover that will slow the flow of water and even as a way to remove toxic metals from the soil.
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David Seiter is design director and founding principal of Future Green Studio where he oversees a staff of twenty-five creative, hardworking and talented individuals. A long-time Brooklyn resident and urban explorer, David enjoys investigating the complex ecology of our cities in order to reveal the nuances of the urban landscape in subtle, poetic ways. With keen attention to sustainability, David ...more