Mise En Scéne is a collaboration between myself and Boston based landscape architect and Harvard professor, Chris Reed of Stoss Landscape Urnanism. Throughout 2018 and 2019 I made several trips to eight US cities: Los Angeles, Galveston, St Louis, Milwaukee, Green Bay, Detroit, Ann Arbor and Boston collecting images for our forthcoming book. The project focuses on the wide range of environmental and social conditions that shape our experience and interaction in modern American cities. It’s about the interwoven web of infrastructure, wildlife habitat, racism, climate change and the countless other factors the effects of which ripple throughout society. Practicing landscape architecture and city planning on a large scale means considering all of these conditions that exist before and after a project and the weight and responsibility that comes with that. Chris commissioned me to visit these eight cities, all of which are locations of future or already existing projects for his firm capturing how people interact with the public realm and how they react to the conditions that they exist within. These images will exist alongside essays from thinkers from a spectrum of disciplines ranging from activist to art curator. The book will be edited in chapters by city, but for this presentation, I took the opportunity to look for thematic threads and juxtapositions that tie the stories of these eight cities together.