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    Grounding Water

    by Matthew Wiener

    Unfortunately, landscape architects will never build a “solution” to groundwater, nor will they devise a method for reversing almost a century of wanton extraction.

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    Introduction: Extraction

    by Stephanie Carlisle and Nicholas Pevzner

    Extraction sustains our society. The economic value of raw materials regularly outweighs concerns about the practices and processes required to bring them to market. But have we really grappled with the complex systems that landscapes of extraction expose?

  • 15-Yarina-Contested Landscapes

    Contested landscapes: Staking claims in Michigan’s copper country

    by Elizabeth Yarina

    The return of copper mining to Michigan has ignited fierce public debate over landscape value and public land. A diverse set of groups has made competing claims to the landscape, seeing it as vertical territory.

  • Legacy of extraction

    Gold Mining Exploits and the Legacies of Johannesburg’s Mining Landscapes

    by Guy Trangos & Kerry Bobbins

    An extensive network of abandoned mine shafts and tunnels exist beneath Johannesburg. Today, these spaces are lost to time, long forgotten and abandoned below the surface of the Earth.

Featured Issue

05: Extraction

Extraction sustains our society. As the world becomes more urban and further removed from the landscapes that supply its raw materials and energy needs, more and more land is mined, blasted, dug, and drilled each year. How do these extraction landscapes fit into larger urban social, economic, and ecological frameworks? How can we bridge the disconnect between the city and its extractive hinterland?

Featured Project


This project explores the legacy and the future of hydroelectric power in the Northeastern US and proposes an alternative to the thousands of inefficient and obsolete dams that disrupt American river systems. The project proposes utilizes inflatables and extant hydrokinetic turbine technology to decentralize electricity production in river systems while producing an entirely new type of riverine urbanism.

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Call for Submissions: SCENARIO 6: Migration

We are pleased to announce the open Call for Submissions for the next issue of Scenario Journal. This upcoming issue will explore the patterns, processes and repercussions of migration.

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