At the intersection of landscape, infrastructure & public spaces, Taktyk is a transnational practice that engages in city making through projects, research, consultancy, editing and curation


AVANT PARK at Porte de la Chapelle

AS Living tracks lab

BY Collectif Chapelle Charbon

IN Paris

ONLINE : http://www.chapellecharbon.net


Playful Tactics (Phd)

Dr Penfornis explored the notion of play in his practice of landscape architect. The research revealed new modes of engagements (gardens), and artefacts (collages, models, drawings). The findings contribute to provide insight on making visible a significant part of the tacit knowledge in the field of landscape architecture.

Playful Tactics introduces a dialogue between Claude Lévi-Strauss’s definition of bricolage (1962) and my own practice. A large part of this catalogue proposes to make visible both this dialogue and the new opportunities arising from it.  



My research is in line with this theoretical framework, but stands alone by interrogating the metaphor of the bricoleur in the practice of landscape architecture. Bricolages and collages are playful operative modes, tactics I have observed and tested in various contexts. This approach allowed me to understand my practice in a new way, seeing it as a Hortus Ludi (garden-as-laboratory and playful place), while at the same time adding a new meaning to the name of the agency




The material in the catalogue repositions the garden typology at the heart of my practice. The garden is viewed as a favourable environment to explore playful and creative modes of engagement within my pratice.  As a conclusion, the making of a physical garden explored collectively the principle of serendipity and the notion of play, in a new context, and opened up my reflection to new perspectives. Play constitutes a form of resistance to external forces, and refers to a principle of protection that is implicitly or tacitly established either within the agency, or by/for myself.  Play refers to a complex system, to tactics that are capable of generating self-regulating dynamics within the creative process.



Skeleton for robust landscape (Phd)

How can we create robust landscapes?

In order to answer this question, pruning the rose became one model for action, using cultivation as a ‘regime of care’. The rose itself as a living structure that man can shape has implied a tacit understanding of the key term ‘skeleton’, which has been expanded upon during the course of the PhD.


The successive definitions of the ‘skeleton’ have been refined throughout the research process in an iterative manner, defining four modes of practice: the modes of designing Armature, Ecology, Score and Platform.

The exploration of each mode of practice of designing robust landscapes, using a shifting understanding of the term ‘skeleton’ as an investigative tool, is the central argument of the research.

To know more : skeleton_for_robust_landscapes_phd_kandjee.pdf