Working Within Nested Scales.

Project versus Practice.

Most work in the built environment is defined by projects. A paying client’s ownership boundaries determine the project until contract terms are met; a result of land parcelization, commodification, and owned liability.

Emerging Terrain’s first self-initiated “project,” Stored Potential, quickly taught us that boundaries continually shift in responsive, or proactive, practice. Our “clients” are collaborators towards a larger vision rather than purchasers of a service. Our research connects multiple scales of inquiry, exposing where we need to act next. We know we are on the right track when one initiative leads to another at different scale. We like this way of operating because it reflects how landscape functions, regardless of legal boundaries inscribed on them by humans.