Crack Garden

The takeover of an urban backyard, created by imposing a series of jackhammer “cracks” into a concrete slab.  Inspired by the tenacious plants that pioneer the tiny cracks of the urban landscape, the formal rows of the garden create order in the random and mixed planting of herbs, vegetables, strange flowers, and rogue weeds. The project is an exploration of the latent identity of place and the clarity of an intervention; an act of removal exposed the soil beneath and potential for a new garden to emerge. Created in 1999 by a group of neighbors, the Crack Garden was a precursor to the current trend of tactical interventions.

client: 565 14th Street Group
location: San Francisco
2009: ASLA NCC Professional Awards, Residential Design Honor Award
2008: ASLA NCC Professional Awards, Merit Award
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Crack Garden
Crack Garden
Crack garden
Crack Garden
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Crack Garden
Crack Garden
Crack Garden