Fresh Water | Design Research for Inland Water Territories

Fresh Water is a book that addresses regional, territorial, and continental water issues through interdisciplinary design research in landscape architecture. The geographical and hydrosocial context of the major inland (non-coastal) watersheds of the North American continent—the Mississippi, the Great Lakes Basin—St.

Fresh Water: Design Research for Inland Water Territories
  • McGuire, Mary Pat (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)

Lawrence and the Nelson—remains an under-explored field for design research. Major spatial, temporal, biological, and geological manipulations of water bodies, systems, and flows raise critical questions about how to redefine human-hydro relationships and to reverse the deterioration of freshwater systems across the territory.


Fresh Water assembles scholarly papers from designers that reframe complex issues of industrial agriculture, energy production, urban sewersheds, transportation tributaries, and cross-watershed diversions, to propose new inland water futures. Design contributors interrogate the institutional regime and control of inland water, integrating diverse disciplinary knowledge to support multi-scalar interventions that challenge land and water policy to consider a range of new and urgent partnerships and projects this century.

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Mary Pat McGuire, PLA is assistant professor at the University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign and principal designer at The Water Lab. Previously McGuire taught at IIT in Chicago, practiced with Peter Walker & Partners, and served fellowships with the Landscape Architecture Foundation.

Jessica M. Henson, RLA is an associate at OLIN, where she is leading the LA County Master Plan for the Los Angeles River. Henson has an MLA from the University of Pennsylvania and BArch from IIT – Chicago. Henson teaches at the University of Southern California and previously taught at the University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign.

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Other Contributors
Elizabeth Baranski, Sean Burkholder, Kristi Cheramie, Danielle Choi, Sandra Cook, Danika Cooper, Brian Davis, Andrew Dawson, M. Elen Deming, Lowell Duckert, Marcella Eaton, Billy Fleming, Justine Holzman, Walton Kelly, Forbes Lipschitz, Nina-Marie Lister, Thomas Nideroest, Samuel Panno, Matthew Seibert, Matthew Tucker

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