Andreea Vasile-Hoxha


After Plastics: The Gardens of the Glacial Foreland

Advised by Rosalea Monacella 

After Plastics: The Gardens of the Glacial Foreland is a transitional landscape— from glacial to postglacial—where microplastics play a critical role in the development of a new plant growth pattern, strategically augmented through the intervention of the landscape architect. The production of the garden is in continuous evolution as the landscape is perpetually reformed through a new compositional stratum of the post-Anthropocene material: plastics. Its operation relies on a metabolic process that transforms and transfers novel material conditions between an interconnected web of mycelium, slime mold, ancient lichens awakened from their dormant state, and a wide range of Allium species.\ The thesis questions the potential emergence of microplastic particles in the most remote, pristine places on Earth over the next two centuries and the imminent implications on landscape systems and their formation through parallels between geological and biological timescales. Organized in a series of laboratories— Landscape Performance, Material Taxonomy, Material Ecology and Garden PrototypingAfter Plastics engages in a telescopic lens from the emerging micro scalar ecologies of biological structure and chemical compounds to the larger scale of networks and flows that generate new material ecologies.

Andreea Vasile-Hoxha, MLA I. Abstract image looks like clouds with inky lines moving around form.

Andreea Vasile-Hoxha, MLA I.
Synthesis of the symbiotic relationship between biological and geological materials and time scales.
Andreea Vasile-Hoxha, MLA I.
Depiction of the human manifestation in the post-glacial landscape: a system of microorganisms, Allium species, and live snow fences.
Andreea Vasile-Hoxha, MLA I.
Flows of snow saturated with microplastics filtered through the live snow fence network.