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September 6, 2011


The Time is Now

The passion echoed back from the start: The people and leaders of the Great Lakes and St Lawrence watersheds know it is time and want to do what they can as stewards of a vast natural resource that somehow defines who they are.

SOM’s “Great Lakes Century Vision” was one spark among many that has inflamed the environmental love of 15,000 jurisdictions, tribes, cities and two nations joined – not separated – by their shared 11,000-mile fresh-water shoreline.

A spontaneous momentum is building to look beyond borders at this Europe-sized region as one holistic environment, linked together by our transportation networks, common economy, and, yes, the ongoing damage of industrial, agricultural, urban, shipping and utility sectors that must be turned around together.

Maybe it can be done in less than 100 years. But certainly within 100 years, the basin can be turned into the world’s healthiest and most harmonious nature-human ecosystem on the planet.

We put our toes in the water and felt the earth move. Jump in. The water is great.

What do you have to say for yourself?


1 joanna { 09.17.11 at 7:28 am }

my favorite quote related to the Great Lakes is as follow…
“our survival on this blue planet might depend on our capacity to understand the powerful ways in which cities connect to water.” timothy beatley

2 joanna { 09.17.11 at 7:30 am }

i think this is so important…how can the design community get involved with this?

3 anonymous { 09.20.11 at 9:04 am }

the shedd aquarium is hosting a big event this thursday for their “keep the lakes great” conservation effort. free concert on the lakefront!

4 jeannine { 09.20.11 at 9:12 am }

this is awesome guys…a critical effort…

5 jeff { 09.20.11 at 10:13 am }

Amazing initiative… can’t wait to see it realized!

6 Andrew { 09.20.11 at 11:29 am }

A lake is the landscape’s most beautiful and expressive feature. It is earth’s eye; looking into which the beholder measures the depth of his own nature. ~Henry David Thoreau

7 Dave Ullrich { 09.20.11 at 1:30 pm }

The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence are a true treasure of the planet. Far too long we have taken the resource for granted, but now are starting to appreciate its value to the region’s ecosystem and the people who live in it. A rich history and culture have evolved over the years, and now is when we need to look out into the future at what the region can be. The vision captured in this work is one of the most imaginative and creative I have seen, and can form the basis for much of our work. Looking at transportation, water, parks, urban areas, energy and the other areas together in a much more integrated fashion, as is done here, is how we need to do our business in the future. The challlenge is to take these visionary ideas and make them a reality. We need champions for each one of the areas, and for the sub areas beneath them. I certainly hope they will start stepping forward soon.

8 Anonymous { 10.05.11 at 7:54 pm }

this is a critical perspective that has not been on many people’s radar screen. the great lakes are a rare treasure and it is the cities that will come together to create the change. cities and their industries have created the damage. now cities can rise up and speak for the future of the lakes…to be clean, healthy and respected. keep going with your work.