Increasingly dynamic in proposing artistic and cultural, experimental and virtuous initiatives, Manifattura Tabacchi of Florence is now inaugurating an exhibition-laboratory, curated by the architect and landscape architect Antonio Perazzi, inspired by the principle of gentle regeneration, with low environmental impact, aimed at encouraging spontaneous flora and fauna, to recreate a long-term balance between nature and man.
Temporary Botany, the art of the Invisible Gardens is open to the public from 18 June to 19 September 2021 and develops in the regenerated spaces of Manifattura through the creation of a garden and an open design space, recreated as an experiential laboratory in a greenhouse designed by the q-bic studio inside the loggia that separates piazza dell'Orologio from the Giardino della Ciminiera. The design approach is condensed in the exhibition, not only through the installation of the greenery which has 1555 plants and more than 50 botanical species but also with design documents, materials and testimonies.
For the inauguration to the public, from 18 to 20 June, there is a 3-day program that invites you to reflect on the relationship between man and nature with talks, workshops, film screenings, workshops and a flower and plant market.
Visitors will be able to experience a design method that aims to inspire and stimulate the creation of low-maintenance gardens – they emerge spontaneously in the urban environment and therefore do not require large investments – capable of increasing the quality of life and at the same time redeveloping very different spaces, as parks, public places or on the edge of natural, rural and urban landscapes.
“The experimental current that I have called Temporary Botany is confirmed as an effective design approach strategy to reactivate the biological processes that bring together the world of people with that of plants and animals” explains Antonio Perazzi. “I see Manifattura Tabacchi as the ideal soil to sink new roots that make plants, ethics, creativity and culture sprout”.
The landscape architect, who collaborates in the landscape design of the entire restoration of Manifattura Tabacchi, reflected on how the former industrial space, first ordered according to a production logic and purely anthropocentric and then abandoned for about 20 years following its closure in 2001, in a second phase it has become a place where plants have remained free to organize themselves according to their own plant criteria.
Today the new landscape project by Antonio Perazzi opens the doors to a scientific and cultural encounter of mutual knowledge between plants and man, in a new perspective of use and coexistence in the same spaces. No longer exploitation, oppression and hostility, but an innovative coexistence between people and nature, the bearer of mutual benefits born from the virtuous integration of nature and local architecture.
“Temporary Botany anticipates and explores the themes of the landscape project being studied for Manifattura, which will have its iconic synthesis in the hanging garden on the roof of building 11” explains Michelangelo Giombini, Head of Product Development of Manifattura Tabacchi. “The new landscape proposed by Perazzi will enhance the spaces between the buildings together with the new functions that will be installed there, in deep relationship with the architecture and proposing a beneficial coexistence between people and nature in the greatest experiment of urban regeneration in Italy. We like the idea that even in this aspect of the transformation of the former factory, the project is characterized by a high degree of experimentation”.
Antonio Perazzi's project focuses attention on the micro-flora and botanical rarities that characterize the Florentine and Tuscan landscape, celebrating the qualities of Mediterranean vegetation. According to these principles, trees and plants have been chosen that require a reduced water supply and little maintenance, selected for their ability to filter and reduce air pollutants.