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In June, Shelley Puhak reflected, on the history of and her memories of, Crofton, Maryland.

In the years I lived on his old plantation, what seeped into me? In telling this story, am I trying to scrub clean the pond of my childhood? Become the biologist in yellow coveralls, the rotenone, the reset button?

Plus, (also in June) Nate Berg explained how Berlin activists/artists ended up taking lead on a €140 million redevelopment project.

But the Initiative Haus der Statistik is coordinating a multi-track planning process among the five partner organizations and engaging constantly with the public at the showroom in the former bike store. There are weekly design workshops, and the space is open daily as a hub for information and input…During five months of design charettes and presentations, designers were on hand to make adjustments in real time…While participatory planning is new at this scale, there are signs it may be catching on across the city. In the district of Kreuzberg, the proposed redevelopment of Dragoner Areal is being shaped by a similar community-led process.

ZUsammenKUNFT workshop and public information center, September 2018. [via Initiative Haus der Statistik]

Then in July, Stacy Passmore (a landscape designer at Civitas in Denver) published some initial thoughts from her road trip through the Mountain West, studying the return of the North American beaver.

Therein we learn

When I mentioned that I was surprised to see beavers making sagebrush dams in Utah, she noted they have been known to use PVC pipes, rocks, and even beaver skulls.

She asks “Can we imagine tearing down walls and fences to live more collaboratively with other species, to let them be active landscape agents? …We need to create a new legend of interspecies cooperation, and end the pattern of dominance and subjugation.

Ultimately, the essay is an attempt to “conceptualize a messier future for landscape architecture“.

Stapleton Redevelopment on Westerley Creek, Colorado, which includes BDAs and beaver deceivers. [Stacy Passmore]

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