• Pit and Quarry: The Cement and Slate Landscapes of Pennsylvania

    by Frank Matero

    The Lehigh Valley gave rise to several world-class extractive industries, including steel and cement production, coal mining, and slate quarrying. How should we preserve this rich industrial heritage?

  • A Monument to Mining

    by Alexander Breedon

    Australia’s economy and its cities are inextricably linked to coal. This proposal for a polemical “monument to mining” questions Australia’s relationship with coal mining and addresses the dualistic spatial relationship between the city and its regional territory.

  • Synthetic Transition: Designing the Novel Energy Landscape

    by Nicholas Pevzner

    Energy infrastructure is facing a systemic realignment. But where is our visionary regional planner, our Benton MacKaye, to offer a roadmap to the civic potential of these vast new energy landscapes?

  • The Cheap Frontier: Operationalizing New Natures in the Central Valley

    by Neeraj Bhatia

    In the flat desert landscape of California's Central Valley, nature and infrastructure have hybridized into a singular system that exploits and commodifies the unpaid work of natural processes over time.

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


Promenada reimagines a banal former thoroughfare through a series of topographical modifications, reclaiming urban space for pedestrians and civic infrastructure. The manipulation of layered surfaces slows the flow of pedestrians, allowing spaces for pause, contemplation, and gathering.

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This has been a year of migration, in what promises to be a new normal of shifting populations and whole landscapes responding to changing climate and grinding conflict. It’s been a long time in the making, but Scenario 6: Migration is set to launch later this summer. Stay tuned.

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