Reading List

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Daniel Saenz

Quito, Ecuador

Coastal resilience

A reading list prior to a Landscape Architecture studio that takes place in the coast of Ecuador following the 2016 earthquake.


  • Online

    Backwater: Landscapes of the Mississippi Delta

    Places Journal

    Resuscitating the Mississippi Delta with river diversions and sediment siphons would be the world’s largest coastal restoration project. But it could happen.

  • Online

    Watermark: Along the California Aqueduct

    Places Journal

    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.

  • Online

    Emergent Shorelands of the Great Lakes

    Places Journal

    Dramatic fluctuations at the water’s edge create zones of opportunity for landscape designers and planners.

  • Online

    Landscape Forensics

    Places Journal

    A landscape photographer examines material traces of invisible phenomena like climate change and politically disputed land claims.

  • Online

    Ecology and Design: Parallel Genealogies

    Places Journal

    The word “ecology” has been co-opted so widely that it has lost real meaning, yet it remains a powerful lens for designers working with complex adaptive systems.

  • Online

    Speculative Archaeology

    Places Journal

    Faux-ethnographic dioramas, modern interiors reimagined as psychedelic ruin-worlds, invented histories of proto-architecture: archaeology, as model or metaphor, has been surfacing a lot in art practice and design theory.

  • Online

    Levees That Might Have Been

    Places Journal

    A history of forgotten inventions that would have produced a very different landscape along American rivers.

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