Sic Erat Scriptum

Was the Interstate created by dinosaurs? Whereas the anthropocene is a proposed geological period defined by the fact that the earth’s systems are now fundamentally determined by human activity; and whereas the United States Interstate Highway System is considered one of the great engineering marvels of the twentieth century; and whereas dinosaurs roamed the Earth thousands of years ago; and whereas Melvin McNally is an adjunct instructor of landscape urbanism at Grand Junction Bible College. In this passionate sermon of fevered intensity, Instructor McNally argues that the alignment of the highway system can be traced directly to the beasts of our prehistory. [sic]

It sounds like the prologue to a dusty paperback science fiction novel from the late 1950s. But broken down step by step, it seems reasonable. Foregrounded in acknowledgment of the Anthropocene age (the period of history where human activity is the strongest force affecting planetary ecosystems and geology), it questions whether we’re really writing our own novel, or instead cribbing notes from a story told long, long ago. – Landscape Architecture Magazine

Runner-up: Not In My Backyard, 2016 International Festival of Landscape Architecture, Canberra, Australia. October 2016

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