“The more you know about the past, the better you are prepared for the future.” Theodore Roosevelt

Traditional fields of urban planning focus on controlling nature for human benefit, with little consideration of conserving or integrating what was previously there. To develop a true understanding of an area, one must look beyond present-day features and remember a time when humans could not assert dominance over the environment. Contemporary planning concepts such as Eric Sanderson’s research “Mannahatta”, depict the influence nature and environmental processes still have on urban areas. This post focuses on water, vegetation and soil to reconstruct Haaga to a time where natural processes controlled the way humans settled the land.

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