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Once a point of national pride and identity, America’s infrastructure is showing its age. Even in their heyday, the big infrastructure projects of the past were not always mindful of the communities in which they were built, nor did they reflect or respect the realities of life on a finite planet.

But this is a finite planet, and many communities are imagining new systems and structures for transportation, food, water, waste, energy, and information. In the process, they’re creating new, more beautiful, more resilient public works.

Welcome to Reimagining Infrastructure, a new series from Orion exploring infrastructure solutions for the next generation.


“Right of Way”  (November/December 2014)

“The New Commute,” by Mark Svenvold (September/October 2014)

“Local Color,” by Peter Brewitt (May/June & July/August 2014)

“The City and the Sea,” by Meera Subramanian (March/April 2014)

“Greening Greensburg” (January/February 2014)

“From Farm to Table,” by Rowan Jacobsen (November/December 2013)

“The Art of Infrastructure” (September/October 2013)

“Water Works,” by Cynthia Barnett (July/August 2013)


An audio slide show from “Right of Way”

An audio slide show from “The New Commute”

An audio slide show from “Local Color”

An audio slide show from “The City and the Sea”

An audio slide show from “Greening Greensburg”

An audio slide show from “From Farm to Table”

A slide show from “The Art of Infrastructure”

An audio slide show from “Water Works”


“John Street Watershed,” by Janice N. Harrington

“Electrification,” by Rose McLarney

“Bridge,” by Jeffrey Harrison



Concrete Progress

A web-only series from Peter Brewitt

“They’re Making Wooden Batteries” (November 19, 2014)

“California Is Pulling Tap Water from Sewage” (November 5, 2014)

“Rigs to Reefs” (October 17, 2014)

“The Night Heron Solution” (October 2, 2014)

“Golden Lawns, Golden State” (September 2, 2014)

“Old York City” (August 11, 2014)

“Pedal People” (July 28, 2014)

“Stadiums vs. Solar Panels” (July 14, 2014)

“No Fruit Left Behind” (June 23, 2014)

“Slow Money” (June 5, 2014)

“Oahu Sees the Light” (May 9, 2014)

“Animal Crossing” (April 24, 2014)

“Gliding Through Anchorage” (April 7, 2014)

“Invasive Infrastructure” (March 17, 2014)

“Working Together” (March 4, 2014)

“Drink Responsibly” (February 12, 2014)

“Staying Grounded” (January 29, 2014)

“Tending Nature” (January 15, 2014)

“Economic Restoration” (January 2, 2014)

“Brown Infrastructure” (December 18, 2013)

“Value Added” (December 4, 2013)

“Chilling in Toronto” (November 20, 2013)

“Blacktop Agriculture” (November 7, 2013)

“America the Beautiful” (October 25, 2013)

“Reimagining Infrastructure” (October 9, 2013)

Editor’s Preamble

H. Emerson Blake’s introduction to the July/August 2013 issue of Orion


Listen to our discussion of new infrastructure for the local food movement: What’s Next for the Sustainable Food Movement?


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Generous support for this project has been provided by the Surdna Foundation.