What is an Involuntary Park?

Involuntary Park is a term originally coined by author and environmentalist Bruce Sterling, to describe previously inhabited areas that for environmental, economic or political reasons have been allowed to return to an overgrown, feral state; often regarded as of little or no use.

In our practice, an Involuntary Park might be the site of a former factory, a forgotten space between two buildings, or even an abandoned project or idea.

We recognise and celebrate such spaces as areas that have acquired the potential for regeneration. Our philosophy of the Involuntary Park functions both as a metaphor and a methodology and sets the context within which we approach our commissions, consultation and research.

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