San Luis Reservoir, at 19 percent of capacity, September 2014.

Watermark: Along the California Aqueduct

Modern California is an extraordinary achievement. To make a semi-arid region habitable and prosperous has required massive geo-engineering — reservoirs, dams, aqueducts, canals, pumping stations, and treatment plants, all dedicated to harvesting, storing, supplying, and transporting water. But now this achievement has produced a wicked tangle of problems.

The extraordinary achievement of modern California — the transformation of a semi-arid region into an abundant and prosperous place — has produced a wicked tangle of problems.

Read

Galleries

Columnists

  • david-heymann
  • Aaron Rothman
  • Naomi Stead
  • shannon-mattern-new2

David Heymann

David Heymann is a columnist for Places. He is an architect, and the Harwell Hamilton Harris Regents Professor in Architecture at the University of Texas, Austin.

Recent Articles

Aaron Rothman

Aaron Rothman is the photo editor of Places, and an artist and writer whose work explores contemporary issues in landscape.

Recent Articles

Naomi Stead

Naomi Stead is a columnist for Places. She is an architecture critic and senior research fellow at the University of Queensland, Australia.

Recent Articles

Shannon Mattern

Shannon Mattern is a columnist for Places. She is Associate Professor in the School of Media Studies at The New School in New York.

Recent Articles

Series