Timothy A. Schuler: The Middle of Everywhere



“Voices from Places Journal” is a series of films highlighting contributors to Places whose scholarship provides relevant perspectives on the future of architecture, landscape, and urbanism.

Timothy A. Schuler, an award-winning journalist and contributor to Places Journal, examines the history of the Flint Hills of Kansas, the last and largest remnant of tallgrass prairie in America. He discusses the role that both geology and the human history of this place have had on shaping its current identity. Emphasizing the need for new narratives and revived public institutions in the Flint Hills, Schuler describes the often-conflicting interests of private landowners, ranchers, residents, and environmentalists in determining the future of the tallgrass prairie. Schuler describes how the prairie was historically seen as pastures for grazing rather than a vital ecosystem. He also reflects on the elusive qualities of the prairie that challenge our aesthetic senses, presenting the work of several artists who have engaged with different ways of seeing the prairie.  
 

Timothy A. Schuler is an award-winning journalist whose writing focuses on the built and natural environments. He has been a contributing editor at Landscape Architecture Magazine since 2015, and is also a regular contributor to CityLab, Metropolis, Next City and FLUX Hawaii, among other publications. Based in Honolulu, he is a native Kansan and a graduate of Kansas State University.

Crew Credits:

Production:
Creator and Executive Producer – Hernán Díaz Alonso
Producers – Marcelyn Gow/Reza Monahan

Post-Production:
Story Producer – Marcelyn Gow
Editors – Mariana Curti/Reza Monahan

Soundtrack –
“Endless Fields” by Ian Post
“The Voice Says Hi” by Doctor Turtle
License – https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
“(h) Banjo Arba Minch Garden” by Cooper-Moore
License – https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/

Image Credits –

Konza Prairie Biological Station Images Provided by Barbara Van Slyke

Kansas State Archive Images –
Train, Matfield Green_00486872
01:59:01 – 02:04:00 
Cottonwood Falls_00603788
02:04:00 – 02:08:23
Bazaar_00626610
04:18:08 – 04:25:10
Prairie fire_00147497
05:15:08 – 05:20:07
Bazaar_00264411
06:03:22 – 06:08:21
Rogler Ranch_00496195
06:08:21 – 06:13:20 
Cattle_00052522
06:27:07 – 06:32:06 
Flint Hills_00053502
07:15:16 – 07:20:15
Former store, Volland_00540424
09:17:03 – 09:20:20
Harpers, fighting prairie fire_00601004
12:45:04 – 13:02:11
Turnpike_00167669
14:34:15 – 14:44:16
Roger Ranch_00588284
14:44:16 – 14:54:14
Kansa Village_00854863
14:58:09 – 15:05:01 

Beach Museum Images –
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04:44:01 – 04:49:00
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04:49:00 – 04:54:00
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05:10:09 – 05:15:08
Panel13
05:49:01 – 05:54:00
Panel14
05:54:00 – 05:58:23
Panel19
05:58:23 – 06:03:22
Panel22
06:20:01 – 06:21:14
Panel23
06:21:14 – 06:23:02
Panel24
06:23:02 – 06:25:00
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06:25:00 – 06:27:07 
Panel01
08:27:13 – 08:29:11
Panel41
08:29:11 – 08:31:08
Panel21
08:31:08 – 08:33:04
Panel40
08:33:04 – 08:35:12
Panel31
08:35:12 – 08:37:19

Additional Images and Video Provided by –
Courtesy Estate of Patricia DuBose Duncan
Terry Evans
Erin Wiersma
Austin Calam
and
Timothy A. Schuler

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