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Issue 4: The Edge of Edge
Various, edited by Randy Sovich, Craig Purcell, and Lynda Burke

T3XTURE collaborated with the Baltimore AIA and the Baltimore Architectural Foundation to organize a series of presentations and a competition to promote fresh thinking about edge, explicitly addressing the Baltimore Waterfront and the Waterfront Partnership’s goal of achieving a swimmable and fishable Inner Harbor in the near future. We asked, How might the edge of the harbor change? We invited a diverse group of thinkers: philosopher, environmentalist, ornamentalist, an ecological engineer, architect, landscape architects, educators, authors, and geographer, to address our questions about the future of Baltimore’s edge, and to present their visions of a swimmable, fishable Inner Harbor. TEXTURE’S inspiration for organizing this joint project was Edward S. Casey’s essay on edge, prepared exclusively for and included in entirety in this publication. The edge of Baltimore’s harbor has transformed physically (it has been hardened), socially, and economically over the past 50 years. The contributors’ awareness of the choices made by the City’s political and commercial powers that led to the current, unsatisfactory condition of the edge informs the think pieces in this issue. Explicitly or not, the essays and projects presented herein situate this edge condition in the broader context of a City mostly formed—or deformed—by well-intentioned but in hindsight misguided decisions about environmental impacts and the needs of its diverse population. An unmistakable “call to action” can be heard in each of our contributors’ expositions. Structured in two parts, around ideas and design proposals, we seek to spark a conversation on the future environmental and equitable development of the edge of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.


Bio Randy Sovich has built a socially-conscious architecture practice that creates safe, nurturing places for vulnerable populations; his writing and publishing inspire international connections through discourse exploring the meaning and experience of place. Lynda Burke graduated from Georgetown University with a Bachelor of Science in Languages and Linguistics and has done substantial graduate work in the field of Comparative Literature. She has diverse professional experience, currently working as a free-lance editor and translator Craig Purcell is devoted to the study of the architecture and physical organization of cities. He earned his BS Arch at the University of Virginia. Purcell is the Director of Urban Design at the firm of Brown Craig Turner in Baltimore.

2014-, Paperback, perfect bind, 152x228 mm, no. 1-4, Full Color, 76-131 pages

Title T3xture
Contributors Christopher Tyler, PhD, Kostas Manolidis, Alexander Milojevic, William Haskas, Sou Fujimoto, Maureen Zell, Alexandra Singer-Bieder and Sofia Bennani, Jason Orbe-Smith, Emmy Mikelson, Kresten Jespersen, PhD, Fátima Díez-Platas, PhD, Joseph Mullan, Thomas Mical, PhD, Justin Foo, Samuel Kim, Paul Fuschetti, Aleksa Korolija, Giuseppe Resta, PhD, Gregory Melitonov, and, Ines Guzman Mendez, Ben Marcin, Nikos Salingaros, PhD David Getzin and Mónica Belevan, Fabrice Clapiès. Chaitra Sharad, Sanket Mhatre, Tina Tahir, artist, Edward S. Casey, Kent Bloomer, Christopher Streb, Travis Price, FAIA, Carmera Thomas-Wilhite, Daniel Campo, PhD, Barbara Wilks, FAIA, Kathleen O’Meara, Roger Tyrrell, Craig Purcell, Lynda Burke, Randy Sovich
Editors Randy Sovich, Craig Purcell, and Lynda Burke
ISBN-13 978-1502772855 / 978-1696472982 ISSN-2380-4696