MUD IN THE SPRINGTIME

Today, the clouds that roam languidly over our lake valley are gone.  Feeling exalted, I head over to Stewart Park to fly the drone and capture the lakeshore mudflat exposed by the melting ice.  Stewart Park is Ithaca’s waterfront park and reads as a gracefully aging one, settled into its quiet, predictable rhythm of scattered creaky swing chairs lined under the furrowed, wizened cottonwoods.  As much as some Ithacans yearn for the swimming days of yore, it remains an impossibility without the constant dredging of the shallow, muddy bottom.   And indeed, this park seems to be slowly reverting to its […]

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Southeastern Lake Ontario

Southeastern Lake Ontario Last week, we explored several embayments along Lake Ontario, specifically the eastern region between Sodus Bay and Sandy Point.  The southeastern shoreline’s unique geological features have shaped the ecological and social uses of the area, and its rapidly shifting morphology creates a unique set of sedimentation issues for the region. This area serves as a case study in the connections and conflicts between ongoing geological processes and subsequent patterns of human useages. Alternating drumlin bluffs and baymouth barriers comprise the region of Lake Ontario between Sodus Bay and Oswego.  These bluffs nourish the nearshore and offshore zones […]

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Port Futures Process

Welcome to Healthy Port Futures, a design research project focused on the creation of dredged landscapes. Through this site, we will post updates to our work, as well as any presentations and publications that we produce. It is our intention to share not only the products, but also the process of our research. It is a process that will be iterative, speculative, a bit messy at times, but always rooted in the possible, with the goals and objectives of our partners in mind. To this end, our home page will show this process, with updated posts of our latest ideas, design experiments, and speculations.

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