The new ‘architectural gunge’?

Years ago, when architects wanted to soften down the hard lines of an outline rendering, they would often resort to sketching in some trailing plants or free standing foliage. A date palm here… some wisteria there. Planning committees loved them.

It looked warm and pleasant, adding a splash of colour as well as a teasing touch of the bucolic to an otherwise urban landscape. The practice was sometimes (and somewhat unreverentially) referred to as ‘architectural gunge’.

Wind forwards a decade or two and, today, it’s hard to find an artist’s impression of a new development that hasn’t got a tensile fabric structure or two dropped in – adding some welcome curves and colour to the mix.

Could this be the new ‘architectural gunge’?

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