REALMS is a landscape practice
(design, research, teaching, making).

Tied Across Time
Shifting Lubra
Complexities of Flood Disaster
A Landscape that has Never Existed
Trajectories of Practice Across Time
Agencies of the Present
Landscape is Knowledge
Fuel and the Himalayan Future
Open-ended Landscape
Belonging/Not Belonging
Emerging Hybridity & the New Vernacular
Willow and Water
At the Meeting of Earth and Sky
Passage & Discovery
Agency of a Path
Transient Materials
Fagopyrum tataricum



Agency of a Path

Grand-Métis, Quebec, Canada

This path lives and grows. It is made of identical softwood pavers, each side of which is cut at a compound angle. As these pavers are combined with each other, the faceted faces of each combine to shape the movements of water across the path. As the ends of pavers meet, rills are formed. Each rill acts as pockets through which water ebbs and flows. As this occurs, soil accumulates, pavers slowly decompose, and opportunistic woodland plants take root. The garden path emerges before the eyes, and at the feet, of each visitor, providing countless moments of spontaneous and unexpected growth.

Change is the only constant to shape this garden. This installation is intended to grow and change with no maintenance: time is the only force to shape it. Subtle topography adjacent to the path encourages water and sediment to flow through each rill, accelerating processes of change.