Anti-gardens is a subcategory of what the French anthropologist Marc Auge termed non-place. Anti-gardens are the opposite of gardens. Anti-gardens are points of termination, while gardens are places in which connections are established. In gardens, the things we value emerge from the ground. In anti-gardens, our discarded (unvalued) waste is either abandoned or returned to the ground.
Landfill anti-gardens in Cape Town highlight a disconnect between the social, environmental, and economic structures within the city.
This project investigated how an equitable and sustainable connection could be established between these social, environmental, and economic structures that could allow the city to shift its perspective toward these spaces: from anti-gardens to gardens.