Land and water are like matter and antimatter, solid and fluid. They exist in complementary opposition, one defined by the absence of the other. In some parts of the country the land wins, aided by the sun, and rivers dry out into playas before making it to the sea. In other parts, the rivers compound and grow, flooding great plains and thundering over cataracts before splaying into the ocean. Humans live on the edge, between desiccation and inundation, striving for stability by reactively manipulating and responding to the forces of water. -Damon Farrugut
Editor’s Note Welcome to the 38th issue of the Lay of the Land. Inside we discuss CLUI activities conducted over the last year, which we hope you find compelling, in one way or another. Many of our recent programs address the not-unrelated subjects of perimeters, energy, and water. These, we feel, are fundamental aspects of the contemporary landscape. Edges define spaces, water shapes them, and energy propels change. Change they say is in the air, and indeed it is. But it is also everywhere else, all connected through the dynamics of terrestrial and intergalactic ecology. We do what we can to try to figure it out, hoping this has some positive effect on the future. We are forever grateful to you, dear reader, as even though we might exist without you, that existence would have no meaning or bearing on the future. You are the ultimate interpreter and executor of our work. So thanks, truly, for being there.