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Statement

Micah’s landscape architecture work examines human ecological systems. He studies how landscapes constitute social and environmental systems, while looking for the ways landscapes can conceal or reveal its many dimensions. Micah explores urban ecology in the absence of human intervention. He stages tests in urban sites to enfranchise social possibilities and multiply ecological interactions. The vacant lot projects focus on social engagement strategies and in-situ ecological processes, testing an extensive model of landscape investment. The walking tours encourage St. Louisans and visitors to see beyond aesthetics of growth and entropy. Exhibition work asks wider audiences to tune into landscapes, by reading the signs around around them.

A persistent questions in Micah’s work: can landscape architecture communicate, advocate for, or discover new ecological ideas?

An ongoing research project involves reviewing 20th century infrastructure in search of adaptive systems to better serve human needs in the 21st century. If human infrastructure and ecological systems are inextricable, how can we develop new relationships among humans, nonhuman life, and the rest of the physical world?

Bio 

Micah began designing for film and theater at Northwestern University. He developed an interest in landscape research after working as a docent and a farmhand at Navdanya Biodiversity Conservation Farm in northern India. He has also worked with SCAPE Landscape Architecture in New York City and MU Architecture in Paris.

As Lecturer in Landscape Architecture at Washington University in St. Louis, Micah teaches foundational design studios. He teaches a history course on the development of the modern field of landscape architecture as well as a seminar in landscape research.  

Recently, he began a research project at Tyson Research Center. This summer a team and I will study science gardens through drawing, and then design an urban research garden to be shared by scientists and a larger public of curious investigators.

Contact

micahstanek(at)gmail(dot)com