OASE JOURNAL: WE, THE ROOTS AMONG YOU
in OASE 110: The Project of the Soil
Teresa Galí-Izard, Bonnie-Kate Walker, Cara Turett, Luke Harris
“By tending to roots we open the possibility for ground as a living meshwork, in which the roots, as well as humans, are beings that mutually construct the ground they inhabit."
Roots are the actors that construct the living rhizosphere. By aerating, structuring and adding organic matter to the mineral substrate, roots create soil through partnerships with other living organisms. To see the city from the perspective of the root requires a cognitive shift. This article explores the growth patterns and relationships of roots and proposes a new language for the street that enables roots to create a living soil through the transformation of the ground they inhabit.