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Melanie Wong | Jul 4, 202012:20 PM     18

" . . . We’re at a moment in time where it’s become so obvious we really need to work together. If the pandemic has made anything clear, it’s how truly interdependent we are, how we need to join together across communities to address issues affecting public health and the environment. We need citizens to join designers in the transformation of our cities. This is not something landscape architects can achieve alone. I really believe it’s time to ditch our old ideas about 'management' as something that happens after design, and adopt a new approach that democratizes cultivation as a design approach that engages citizens.

What would it mean if your neighborhood park were a place where you actively took part in reversing climate change? Where you shaped the shifting rows of cover crops and played among research plots, shoulder to shoulder with scientists measuring the biological health of soils you farmed to sink carbon? What would that mean for a generation, to grow up in a world where activism was just a part of daily urban life? What if citizens helped cultivate public space?"

GROW YOUR OWN

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