Scully Manuella Lynn
Cities, Spaces and Humans Governed by Plants

Thesis Supervisor: Neo Sei Hwa

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From the human point-of-view, we are the dominant species on the planet. We are not being domesticated; we domesticate other species. However, what if this idea is nothing but a self-serving fantasy and plants have been domesticating us all along, getting us to do what they cannot do for themselves? The thesis explores plant’s sovereignty over humans as Michel Pollan theorises in The Botany of Desire, by creating architecture through a plant’s perspective. As a shift from the Anthropocene, it questions the current roles that humans and plants play in society, by elevating the priorities and desires of plants in the Posthuman.

Singapore’s Garden City model crafts a controlled and managed utopian 

state of nature as an idealised way to exist. The state’s curation of nature is a process selection and discrimination of plants that meet human-centric criteria. The thesis studies plants that do not qualify for the Garden City image but have proven their adaptability to urban spaces, creating their own intimate and mega versions of spectacles. The thesis speculates a botanical architecture where plants can control and take over the architectural design. Plants would be able to exist as they intend to, creating its own architecture as nature gradually regains its rights over urban spaces; a vision where the freedom and unpredictability of nature has supplanted the hierarchy of the state and its people.

A Plant's Eye View

What if buildings or even cities were designed through the lens of a plant?


To allow plants to shape and control spaces would mean to give flora at large a radically different standing in society and in architectural design than it has today.