Ithaca, New York //
Society today can have a tendency to exclude humans from the equation of the planet’s natural order. The environment is often seen as a separate entity and language of “coexistence” suggests we are not an integral part of its evolution.
The unique geography of the region surrounding Ithaca, New York is a playful haven for the human-environment relationship. Hillsides surrounding the city rise hundreds of feet above the central valley that is Cayuga Lake. Glacial left steep, sloped walls and dozens of streams and rivers drop dramatically into the flats, further carving deep canyons and gorges. Waterfalls and swimming holes abound.
While the area’s natural features are beautiful, it’s the social interactions in and with the environment that inform this project. Human exchanges with the geography are trusting, exploratory and daring, a type of interaction that has become increasingly rare in an ear of fences and liability fears.