BUFFALO, N.Y. -- "Buoyant," a garden installation designed by
Laura Garofalo, assistant professor of architecture in the
University at Buffalo School of Architecture and Planning, has been
selected by an international jury to be featured at the 13th
International Garden Festival of Les Jardin de Métis (also
known as Redford Gardens), in Quebec, Canada, June 23 to Sept.
Her design features hydrogen-filled balloons that support a
trellis that ebbs and flows with the wind, fluctuations in
temperature and the slow leakage of the balloons. Vines emanate
from "maintenance bundles" at the base of the suspended trellis and
highlight how nature depends on the stewardship of the community
that nurtures it.
The International Garden Festival, one of the most important
events of its kind in North America, is presented by the Foundation
of the Jardins de Métis. It offers a unique forum for
innovation and experimentation and serves as a showcase and
launching pad for participating designers from a host of
A previous Garofalo project, "A Garden of Shared Resources,"
produced in 2007 for the juried Ephemeral Gardens competition
presented by the society for the 400th anniversary of Quebec, was
recently featured in the new book "Vegetecture," edited by Maurizio
Corrado. UB alumni Ashley Latona and Rafal Godelewski collaborated
with her on this project. "Vegetecture," one of the latest
tendencies in modern architecture, focuses on the idea of the
In addition, Garófalo and her collaborator David Hill,
assistant professor of architecture at North Carolina State
University, have received a Special Prize for their entry in the
46th Central Glass International Architectural Design Competition.
Another of their collaborative projects, the water and air
channeling device, "Flow Wall Pavilion," was exhibited this fall at
the Erie Canal Harbor Central Wharf in connection with the UB
Humanities Institute's year-long "Fluid Culture" series of lecture,
arts and media events focused on water resources.
Garofalo's work also will be featured in the Oct. 15-19
"Engendering Gardens" program now in development by the UB
Institute for Research and Education on Women and Gender.