The exposition is titled "Dead Swell: Creating a Modern Landscape" and includes 23 projects from the early 1990s to the present day that demonstrate the possibilities of landscape design in transforming post-industrial urban spaces.
Among them are squares, coastal parks, reconstructed neighborhoods, cemeteries. Many of these projects are designed to help the city and people heal their wounds - from war, terrorist attacks and a difficult industrial past. Thus, the "Garden of Forgiveness" in Beirut, which is being revived after the war, by the English firm "Gustafson Porter" should be located among ancient and medieval ruins, going down to the recently discovered ancient Roman road.
The Igualada Cemetery near Barcelona, the author of the Scottish Parliament project, invites the visitor to immerse themselves in a space of memories: a processional road dug into a hillside, with tombs on either side of it. The necropolis appeared on the territory of the former industrial zone.
Theater Square in Rotterdam, designed by West 8, is reminiscent of a typical major port; its surface of wood planks, metal and rubber is cut with asymmetric holes through which you can look into the parking space below. The "light masts", an element of the square's design, follow the shapes of the cranes in Rotterdam Harbor.
The landscape park "Duisburg - North" by Peter Latz was created on the site of a metallurgical plant typical for the Ruhr region of Germany - flowering trees grow between open-hearth furnaces and ore bunkers.
In the light of the exposition presented, the name of the exhibition is perceived as a metaphor for an imperceptibly impending major change, which in this case turns our idea of city parks and squares upside down.