The National Hedge proposal re-imagines the iconic British hedgerow as a flexible, nationwide ecological-infrastructure regime. Deployed as a continuous, horizontally-thickened hedge complex (green lanes) in the right-of-ways and easements of existing and future electricity grid corridors, National HEDGE represents an integrated, progressive reinterpretation of a culturally significant system of territorialization capable of supporting substantial ecological expansion as well as offering a contemporary and iconic image of infrastructural integration into the landscape of the UK.
The intent of this approach is two-fold. The first objective is to integrate the electricity grid into the varied landscapes of the UK, not through formal exuberance or aesthetic mitigation, but through the compositing of seemingly oppositional landscape systems to create new, hybrid forms of urbanization. The second aspect is the reestablishment of a nationwide ecological regime that stitches together and reconnects the fragmented, eroding natural habitats of the UK countryside by linking established infrastructure easements and right of ways to the country’s most significant areas of natural preserve — the UK’s 15 National Parks.