alexandra regan toland

visual art and applied environmental aesthetics

Wunschgarten – Wild Urban Offshoots

As cities creep further into wild landscapes, the wild moves into cities. Urban habitats are places where plants and animals take up residence alongside people. Too often though, space for … Continue reading


Urban Weeds Diary

The site survey that began in the Gallery of Weeds project at the Gleisdreieck grew into a weekend passion and hobby that slightly resembles the romanticized botanical identification and collection … Continue reading


Foodscape Mapping

What can we learn about our immediate environment from studying the food that is advertised, bought, sold, found or discarded? Traces of food reveal clues to social, economic and cultural … Continue reading

July 26, 2012

Wishgarden – Flooded Treasure

The love affair between the city and its watershed is an eternal relationship of loss and gain. Days before I began the short residency at the MOTA Museum of Transitory … Continue reading

September 19, 2010

Rubble Mapping

A unique aspect of German soil protection policy is the protection of soil on account of its archival function. After World War II over 75 million cubic meters of rubble … Continue reading

September 10, 2010

Micro Turf

Examples of true wilderness are nearly non-existent. The only way to preserve what is left of the natural world is for people and nature to co-exist in a mutually sustained … Continue reading

June 19, 2010

Personal Dispersal Mechanisms

Natural dispersal mechanisms of plant species are fantastically diverse. Some seeds like the acorn simply drop and roll, making the mighty oak completely dependent on gravity. Other families, such as … Continue reading

August 30, 2009

Street Tree Diaries

What started out as a photographic database quickly became a seasonal diary of six special street trees. The long and repeated gaze through the viewfinder allowed me to come to know … Continue reading

August 15, 2009