NASA, International Space Station imagery over the Great Lakes, 2012.
Measuring over 10,000 miles, the Great Lakes coastline, known as the "third coast," is longer than the Atlantic and Pacific coastlines of the United States combined. The Great Lakes Basin holds over 20 percent of the world's total surface fresh water, and is home to twenty-six million people in the United States and nine million in Canada. It is difficult to overstate the history and future of the region as both a contested and opportunistic site for urbanism. Envisaged as a comprehensive "atlas," this publication comprises in-depth analysis of the landscapes, hydrology, infrastructure, urban form, and ecologies of the region, delivered through a series of analytical cartographies supported by scholarly and design research from internationally renowned scholars, photographers, and practitioners from the disciplines of architecture, landscape, geography, planning, and ecology. The publication captures the unique identity of the area and serves as a reference for design and planning in this distinct mega-region.
Daniel Ibañez is a practicing architect and urbanist. He is a doctor of design candidate and teaching fellow at Harvard University. His research critically examines design disciplines in relation to broader socioecological interdependencies through cross-disciplinary research on the field of urban metabolism. He has organized the conferences Projective Views on Urban Metabolism (Harvard GSD, 2014) and Wood Urbanism: From the Molecular to the Territorial (Harvard GSD, 2014). He is on the editorial board of New Geographies, coeditor-in-chief of New Geographies 06: Grounding Metabolism (HUP, 2014), and coeditor of Thermodynamics Applied to High-Rise and Mix-Use Prototypes (Harvard, 2013). His grants for academic research include a Fundación La Caixa Fulbright Fellowship, a Real Colegio Complutense Scholarship, and the Harvard GSD’s Dimitris Pikionis Award and Penny White Research Scholarship. Since 2003, he has served as codirector of the design firm Margen-Lab. At Harvard, he is research manager at the GSD’s Urban Theory Lab.
Clare Lyster is an architect, writer, and educator based in Chicago, whose work focuses on the design of space at the intersection of architecture, landscape, and infrastructure. Her current research focuses on urban systems, the subject of her upcoming book, Learning from Logistics (Birkhauser 2015). She is editor of Envisioning the Bloomingdale: 5 Concepts (Chicago Architecture Club, 2009) and coeditor of 306090 9: Regarding Public Space, with Cecilia Benites (PA Press, August 2005). Her writing has appeared in the Architects Newspaper, Cabinet, Chicago Architect, the Journal of Landscape Architecture, the Journal of Architectural Education, MONU, Places, and as chapters in edited anthologies on landscape and mobility networks. Her design work has been exhibited locally and internationally, including at the Art Institute of Chicago and University College, Dublin. She is associate professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and has also taught at Syracuse University, the University of Toronto, and Harvard University.
Charles Waldheim is a Canadian-American architect, urban theorist, and educator. Waldheim's research examines the relations between landscape, ecology, and contemporary urbanism. He is author, editor, or coeditor of numerous books on these subjects, and his writing has been published and translated internationally. Waldheim is the John E. Irving Professor and Chair of Landscape Architecture at Harvard University's Graduate School of Design. He has lectured internationally and has taught at Rice University, the University of Toronto, the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of Michigan. Waldheim is a recipient of the Rome Prize Fellowship from the American Academy in Rome; the Visiting Scholar Research Fellowship at the Study Centre of the Canadian Centre for Architecture; the Cullinan Chair at Rice University; and the Sanders Fellowship from the University of Michigan.
Mason White is founding partner of Lateral Office, a director of the research platform InfraNet Lab, and associate professor at the University of Toronto. His design work and research has received numerous awards and international recognition in publications and exhibitions. White is coeditor of the first issue of Bracket [on farming], (Actar, 2010), Bracket 4 [takes action] (Actar, 2015), and is coauthor of Pamphlet Architecture 30: Coupling (Princeton Architectural Press, 2010). His work has been published in Young Architects: Situating (Princeton Architectural Press, 2006), Canadian Architect, Landscape Architecture, Architect, Praxis, and Architectural Record. His writing has been published in Alphabet City: Fuel (MIT Press, 2008), Ourtopias (Riverside Press, 2008), New Geographies, MONU, A+U, and 306090. He has lectured and exhibited work internationally. White previously taught at Cornell and the Ohio State University, and has been an invited critic at schools internationally. Recently, he represented Canada at the 2014 Venice Biennale in Architecture with Arctic Adaptations, which was awarded a Special Mention.