The Possible City Essays

The Possible City is a series of visually-rich adventures, exploring ecological solutions through the life and lens of Patrick M. Lydon, an American-born artist and author living in East Asia since 2011. Independently produced, these stories take us into real places and mindsets where solutions spring from a combination of common sense, dedication, and a deep sense of wonder for the world. Each story leaves readers with sense of the possible futures for the kinds of cities, towns, and neighborhoods we could build, rather than the ones we inherited.

A City, Designed by Trees

A City, Designed by Trees

Seeing trees as sacred is not an anomaly, it’s the fact that our culture has somehow lost this fellowship that’s an anomaly. If trees are a keystone of our wellness, why not learn to listen to their voice? If we did, how might the things we hear transform the landscape of our city over time? What would a city look like if it were designed by trees?