2012-12-15

Hortus Conclusus

There is a close relationship between the myth of the hortus conclusus ('enclosed garden') and the false rhetoric of sustainability: our cities, our neighborhoods, our buildings will be sustainable to the extent we are able to exclude from the sustainability calculation the impure elements, to the extent we are able to enclose properly these virginal spaces so that nothing may disturb them.

Image after Kölner Maler um 1430's Maria im Rosenhaag mit Heiligen und Stiftern (Rose Mary in the Hague with Saints and Donors, c. 1420-30) [pd], Bordo Poniente garbage dump (Mexico D. F.) [ua-fu/fd] and others [ua-fu/fd].