I have just watched the final episode of Monty Don’s Italian Gardens.
In this program he visited the Vennetto, Lucca, Como and Lake Maggiore.
Throughout the program Monty discussed the transformation of Italian garden design and the impact of seedsmen on these designs.
I thought his visit to Isola Bella was a great way to end the program and the series. The forty-year transformation of a rocky outcrop to an ornate garden prompted me to think about the time scale required for constructing a sustainable performance environment.
On the same evening I watched the concluding part of Kevin McLeod’s documentary on the development of The Triangle in Swindon. I thought the story of the transformation of an idea about improving living environments to a completed but fallible space was compelling. Like Monty, Kevin led me to think about the lived reality of big picture visions.
Both programs took my thinking back to Dharavi too and the role social activity plays in and is supported by intentional design and informal opportunity.
I am going to add the DVDs of both series to my reading (viewing) lists for anyone interested in the construction of performance environments.