A reading list prior to a Landscape Architecture studio that takes place in the coast of Ecuador following the 2016 earthquake.
Backwater: Landscapes of the Mississippi Delta
Resuscitating the Mississippi Delta with river diversions and sediment siphons would be the world’s largest coastal restoration project. But it could happen.
Watermark: Along the California Aqueduct
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.
Emergent Shorelands of the Great Lakes
Dramatic fluctuations at the water’s edge create zones of opportunity for landscape designers and planners.
A landscape photographer examines material traces of invisible phenomena like climate change and politically disputed land claims.
Ecology and Design: Parallel Genealogies
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.
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.
Levees That Might Have Been
A history of forgotten inventions that would have produced a very different landscape along American rivers.