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Practice Landscape

Cambridge, United States


Practice Landscape approaches design by paying close attention to the living environment. They are designers, researchers, and gardeners who work to reveal how existing processes are historically grounded. They approach the future through careful testing and expanding methods and believe that the most meaningful landscapes emerge from working with plants first. Founded in 2006 by Rosetta S. Elkin, Practice Landscape is a Women Business Enterprise (WBE) that prioritizes planting design, public exhibition, open access publishing, and horticultural research for nearly two decades. Practice Landscape collaborates with clients who share a deep respect for the land and a commitment to ethical land management. Recently completed projects include a landscape adaptation strategy and coastal meadow for the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation (Captiva, FL), the transformation of a former farm into a regenerative landscape (Lake County, and IL), and Jardin de bord de Mer, a series of public gardens located on lots abandoned due to shoreline erosion (Ste-Flavie, Québec). In addition to their design and research work, they administer the Practice Grant through their nonprofit, the Practice Foundation (501c3). The Practice Grant opens access and expands approaches to landscape design by funding individuals and groups committed to alternative practices.


Chicago Cultural Center


78 East Washington Street, Chicago, IL


The Loop


The Chicago Cultural Center serves as one of the main exhibition venue sites for CAB 5, featuring projects from more than 80 participants from ten countries. 

Opened in 1897, the Chicago Cultural Center is a Chicago landmark building operated by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and is home to free cultural exhibits and programming year-round.

Chicago Cultural Center
Chicago Cultural Center

CAB 5 Contribution

Project Overview


Stacked is an assembly of cut-offs: the waste from municipal  operations that trim trees of unwanted branches. In the gardening  world, this everyday act is called pruning, a practice of upkeep  that is so common that it too often goes unnoticed. Stacked serves  as a reminder of our relationship to plant life, as trees respond  actively to disturbance by breaking, bending, snapping, or splitting  their cambium: the layer of actively dividing cells below the bark that  makes secondary growth possible. To prune is to take care of trees,  and to value the perpetually embryonic behavior of the plants that  we depend upon daily.

The City is the Site