MARGOT LYSTRA




Historian/theorist of landscape and the environment. Teacher/designer of landscape architecture. Assistant professor at Université de Montréal. Mover, maker, writer.



Envisioning environment
Sensing and showing climate change
Designing with
All



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the marge (Substack)
unruly earths (Instagram)
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Envisioning environments    (2013-present)



Designing with    

Historical,
theoretical //
representation
method
withness

(2012-present)

How do landscape designers’ drawing and making practices invoke collaborative relationships between themselves, other living beings, and landscape phenomena? This project investigates agentic reciprocity in design and other landscape-making practices. Mixing ethnographic,  historical, and practice-based research enables a study of practices from the early 20th century to the present.

This is an exploration of how reciprocity is envisioned, imagined, and cultivated through creative action. This work takes seriously the revelatory capacity of drawing, and the power of practice to instigate specific qualities and kinds of relationship in the world.

Process drawing by Parth Divekar, graduate thesis work, Cornell University, 2018.
Supported by:
The Azrieli Foundation
Earthdance, Northampton MA
Council for the Arts, Cornell University
Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies, Cornell University
Jasmine Chen, sketch of lines of movement, coursework, Cornell University, 2017.
Works...

event
“Drawing Liveliness / Dessiner la Vitalité”, a conversation with Claude Cormier, Ron Henderson, and Nicole Valois, Faculty of Environmental Design, University of Montreal (February 2019).

conference session
Chair, “Bodies of Data: Finding and Framing ‘Excess’ in Histories of Post-war Design Machines,” co-chaired with Frances Robertson and Silvia Casini, Society for the History of Technology Annual Meeting, Milan, Italy (October 2019).

presentation
“Drawing as Environmental Revelation: Sketching Plans and Sections in Modernist Landscape Architectural Design,” The Anthropology of Drawing, session chair Frances Robertson. Art, Materiality & Representation Conference, Royal Anthropological Institute/The British Museum, London, England (June 2018).

workshop series
Makers’ Workshops: interdisciplinary faculty working group on relational “soft” practices, co-organized with Stacey Langwick, Qualities of Life working group, Einaudi Center for International Studies, Cornell University (March 2018).

teaching
Advanced Topics in Representation and Theories of Landscape Architectural Representation, graduate-level courses, Cornell University (2017-2018).

article
“McHarg’s Entropy, Halprin’s Chance: Representations of Cybernetic Change in 1960s Landscape Architecture,” Studies in the History of Gardens & Designed Landscapes, 34.1 (2014), 71-84 (peer-reviewed).

essay
“The Analog Condition,” CC, eds. Sophie Hochhausl and Melissa Constantine (Cornell AAP Publications, 2014).

presentation
“Models and Scores: Cybernetics and Conceptions of Time in 1960’s Landscape Architectural Representation,” Landscapes in Time, SAH Landscape Chapter Symposium, convened by Sonja Duempelmann and Susan Herrington. Detroit, MI (April 2012).


movement/design research
Project Grant - Council for the Arts, Cornell University. Two weeks of collaborative research, techniques for site-driven design. With Margit Galanter (July 2011).

movement/design research
Designer in Residence - SEEDS Interdisciplinary Arts and Ecology Festival, Earthdance, Northampton, MA (July 2010).





“Space-Motion and View Diagram, Clockwise Travel,” plan diagram of a proposed design for Boston’s Inner Loop, showing the intended perceptual experiences with regards to sense of motion and view for people driving clockwise. Appleyard, Lynch, and Myer, The View from the Road, 52.



Multi-view sketch by Lawrence Halprin, 014.I.A.763-.775a, Lawrence Halprin Collection, The Architectural Archives of the University of Pennsylvania.



"Me-You-Earth-World," by Paul Klee, from "Ways of Studying Nature," Paul Klee and Jürg Spiller, Paul Klee Notebooks, Volume 1: The Thinking Eye (London, 1961).