Renewable Reefs

Creating "useful" resource outputs from otherwise "empty" or "functionless" marine space is a defining rationale for artificial reef development. The Museo Atlantico generates dive tourism revenue from a purportedly "empty" patch of sand, traditional Japanese fishing rigs create new habitats for fish that expand the harvesting capacity along the shoreline, and landfills or coastal expansion … Continue reading Renewable Reefs


I didn’t think I’d be back to Lanzarote, ever. It was one of the few ostensibly permanent goodbyes I was willing to let myself make last year, or at all, really. Maybe that’s why it didn’t happen the way I thought it would. In the not-time of the internet and this blog, Lanzarote was my … Continue reading Coda

Art Islands

Art Islands: Ecological Thought and Mass Tourism in the Redesigned Canary Islands When modern artist and architect Cesar Manrique returned home to Lanzarote, the northernmost of the Canary Islands off the coast of Morocco, after a twenty-year sojourn abroad to study modern art in 1964, he returned to an island in flux. Energized by a … Continue reading Art Islands

Brexit at depth, or Building Sovereignty

If you thought you were going to get a comprehensive understanding of Britain's recent disavowal of the European Union here then you, dear reader, have been duped by a pun masquerading as clickbait. I can always count on puns.    I am not qualified to explain or predict the impacts of Britain's exit, but I … Continue reading Brexit at depth, or Building Sovereignty

Las Salinas de Janubio

Welcome to Las Salinas de Janubio, a salt farm on the Western coast. Like the senmaida of Japan's Noto Peninsula, the salt fields are an agricultural heritage site. It has fewer visitors, however, and I'm not sure why. Las Salinas has neat squares of my favorite colors, celadon and rust and nothing quite white, and … Continue reading Las Salinas de Janubio