What happens in an underground network? We aren’t talking about drum and bass DJs or radical cells. We are talking about subterranean architectures and networked bodies of water. On March 19, Huy Bui will lead a field study of a Cenote ( se-no-tay ) somewhere in the Riviera Maya. We intend to sketch, take field recordings, get lost in and of course: go swimming in- a Cenote.  The informal study of this site and its utilization will later be interpreted and compared to one of Bui’s recent collaborations with the Lowline – a plan to build an underground park in a historic trolly terminal located under the streets of New York City’s Lower East Side.





Huy Bui and I talk more and more about geologic time, The Anthropocene and the poetics of marble, pyrite and other stone media. What constitutes the prose of a Plant in City, perhaps without plants? Can we derive new meaning by studying networks of water and how they relate to light? Aside from the mundane physical quality of almost any stone and the typical beauty of a marble slab, what can be said of process in terms of cause and reaction? A chunk of stone can be broken, chiseled, worn down, eroded or cleanly cut with a diamond blade.

Bui’s recent work: Plant in Mini’s are scaled down terrariums that house live plant material and other various earth elements. Networked, multi-sensorial, remote control irrigated, LED illuminated plant boxes simultaneously refer to the natural environment and the built environment. The interchange and reference in this process are very ONTOPO.

Cedar wood has been an essential material in shaping the Plant In City project. Join us in Tulum as we look to stone and marble in a reductive form. And perhaps take a swim, while we are having a look.