Extensive fields of 15-foot tall Phragmites occupy the shores of Saginaw Bay, Lake Huron. In the foreground, fast-growing poplars mark the higher ground. [All photos by the authors, except aerial views by Above All Photography]

Emergent Shorelands of the Great Lakes

Along the shallower shores of the Great Lakes, new lands that have emerged over decades are now inundated again by rising waters. As the climate grows more volatile, dramatic fluctuations at the water’s edge reveal zones of opportunity for landscape designers and planners.

Dramatic fluctuations at the water’s edge create zones of opportunity for landscape designers and planners.

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Sandy Isenstadt

Sandy Isenstadt is a columnist for Places. He is a professor and Director of the Center for Material Culture Studies at the University of Delaware, specializing in the history of modern architecture.

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Keith Eggener

Keith Eggener is a columnist for Places. He is Marion Dean Ross Professor of Architectural History at the University of Oregon.

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Aaron Rothman

Aaron Rothman is the photo editor of Places, and an artist and writer whose work explores contemporary issues in landscape.

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Naomi Stead

Naomi Stead is a columnist for Places. She is an architecture critic and senior research fellow at the University of Queensland, Australia.

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