The Seeds of Exactitude Part 1 Project 2004 Friedrich Graf VitzthumDeclan O'Leary Oxford Brookes University Oxford UK We focus on the absurd consequences of measurement and efficiency, and the landscapes thus generated. Our 'Seeds of exactitude' propose an accellerating propagation of road networks that eventually conceal the lands surface below ever more complex swirls of concrete highway loops, whose destinations become irrelevant. Entire populations of floating laboratory technicians collect abundant quantities of riverbed samples; their tidal existence becomes increasingly precarious as they scrape away at the riverbed. Miniature robotic farmers toil away on vast gardens of orchids only to collect a tiny amount of perfume; 'the fur of extinct life'. Armies of cranes and agricultural machinery tend this farm, creating a mechanical ballet. In the floating restaurant, only the 'distillate of waste' from the seaweed farm is consumed. Friedrich Graf VitzthumDeclan O'Leary Our brief for an 'accidental farm' was intended to provoke questions about process, by considering the production of the architectural project as a collective rather than an individual activity ('farming'). It also suggests a collective programme for landscape. Fred and Declan made a 'manifesto-project' to articulate their vision of the utopic (and dystopic) accidental farm. In their project, Declan and Fred explored issues of cultivation and production within the ambiguous paradigm of progress that is 'urban development'. The 'seeds' of production and consumption' they cultivate contain the 'seeds of waste and destruction' that will inevitably be their downfall. Natural farming processes are conflated with artificial abstractions such as efficiency, mechanisation and measurement with preposterous results.