Fascinated by microscopic landscapes, collaborators Anna Rhodes, Anna Reid & Milja Tuomivaara are developing a series of micro publications to explore topics such as sediments, moss and the miniature worlds contained in rock pools. Spanning out from micro: species, materiality and topographies we pose and explore macroscale concerns.
Our micro-residency at Cove Park will provide crucial focused time away from practice and teaching to zoom in on both our concept and the practicalities of publishing.
Anna Rhodes is a lecturer in landscape architecture at Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (ESALA), a practicing landscape architect and artist.
Through her practice-based research and teaching, Anna promotes the importance of reading a place through immersive fieldwork. Drawing is key to her field research and is a tool to appreciate environmental forces as well as the complex lives and processes of more-than-humans around her. Currently, she is developing graphic representations that foreground motions, transformations and more-than-human processes to communicate the complexity of island landscapes in the context of our increasing awareness of the human impact on the environment.
Anna currently leads a Masters in Landscape Architecture design course and studio unit entitled ‘Critical Zones: The Highland Boundary Fault’ which includes a focused field study of the Isle of Arran as ’Scotland in Miniature’, a microcosm to the mainland.
Anna Reid is a Scottish landscape architect based in Edinburgh. She is interested in the role landscape architecture can play in fostering participatory action in design and more-than-human stewardship. Drawing inspiration from rural land practices, queer spaces, micro ecologies and storytelling, her recent work challenges socio-ecological relationships and questions what makes a place resilient. She currently works in practice for Land Use Consultants as a consultant landscape architect, as well as teaching on the Landscape Architecture Masters ‘Critical Zones: The Highland Boundary Fault’ studio led by Anna Rhodes at Edinburgh College of Art.
Milja Tuomivaara is an Edinburgh-based Finnish-Algerian landscape architect and academic with a background in linguistics and translation.
Milja’s work typically touches upon the relationship between humans and the environment at territorial, systemic scales – for example, her project ‘Contested Landscapes’, part of the group exhibition Technosphere in Galleri ROM (Oslo) in 2017, explored the physical manifestations of the anthropocene in northern Fennoscandia. She has long been interested in processes, tools and technology, ranging from natural to human-made.
Image: micro-ecologies on micro-topography, courtesy of Milja Tuomivaara