Friday, March 9, 2012

Faux, faux pas

Peripherally, I've been following a recent plague of fake ivy creeping up the facade of Greenwich Village. Incredulously, the story broke in the NY Times. Vexed preservationists are mulched over this overt breach of landmark violation.

Personally,just about any plantings in the built environment should be considered attributes to the space. Even if the the ivy is fake, it softens the urban landscape and reduces scale along pedestrian friendly open spaces. In this case, I think that a little "leafage lip-synching" is just as wonderfully iconoclastic as the foundation of the neighborhood.