Ithaca, New York //
There is a collective pattern of subliminally excluding humans from the planet’s equation. Language like “coexistence” implies people are alien to rather than an integral part of its evolution. Conversations around sustainable health often list People and Environment as separate entities with separate plights.
The unique geography in upstate New York is a playful haven for the human-environment relationship, where hillsides roll gently above glacial gouges in the landscape that are the Finger Lakes. Steep, sloped granite walls and dozens of rivers drop dramatically into the flats, further carving out the gorges the area is famous for and leaving an abundance of waterfalls and swimming holes.
While the area is known for its bucolic, emerald terrain in the summers, it’s the social interactions in and with the environment that inform this project. Uniquely tolerated by municipalities, human exchanges with the geography are trusting, exploratory and daring, reflecting a relationship that is rare in an era of fences, no trespassing signs and liability fears.