Perennial Institute

Caring

Collaborative breathing with plants at Floating University. Photography: Martina Della Valle

Collaborative breathing with plants at Floating University. Photography: Martina Della Valle

 
 
 

Caring

The Perennial Institute is working to identify the plants living at Floating University, Berlin. Over one year we are slowly learning how we might better listen to them and cultivate care for them.

We have begun our project through deep observation and connection to the plants we have, so far, identified. We are learning their names, their history, what they like and where they are from. Now, we ask the human members of Floating University to care for, listen to and monitor their plant community. Over the course of a year they will be asked to observe how these plants adapt to the seasons, to collect their seeds and discover much more about them. The following summer, we will return and find out what has changed between the human and plant community.

 
 
Deep observation through drawing. Photography: Martina Della Valle

Deep observation through drawing. Photography: Martina Della Valle

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Project partners: Laura Breidenthal and Floating University.

Laura Breidenthal spent time at Floating University identifying plants and exploring the topic of care through the unique ecology of the site. Laura recently graduated from the University of California, Davis, where she studied Environmental Science with an emphasis in ecology, biodiversity, and conservation. She is passionate about protected lands and open spaces as resources to foster environmental education and reciprocity to nature.

Floating University, Berlin is an offshore campus for cities in transformation in the rainwater basin of the former Tempelhof Airport.

Photography: Martina Della Valle

Photography: Martina Della Valle

Photography: Martina Della Valle

Photography: Martina Della Valle