Fall 2019

Edited by Nicholas Pevzner & Stephanie Carlisle

Infrastructure is always political, and energy transitions have always been contested, pitting established players against upstart technologies and new coalitions. How can a radical reimagining of energy infrastructure create opportunities for an inclusive and participatory conversation about climate change and social justice? Who has the power to talk about infrastructure, and who gets left out?
Introduction: Power
Community Power as Provocation: Local Control For Resilience and Equity
Our Energy For Our Country
Speculative Designs For Energy Democracy
The TVA, Fuzzy Spaces of Power, and Other Purposes
The Missouri River Basin: Water, Power, Decolonization, and Design
Power Plant Power
Arctic Present: The Case of Teriberka
Coal Ash Wastescapes: The Byproduct of Our Coal-Fired Power Dependency
Biomass For All: Designing an Inclusive Biomass Infrastructure
China’s Giant Transmission Grid Could be the Key to Cutting Climate Emissions
2050 – An Energetic Odyssey: Persuasion by Collective Immersion
The Blue Lagoon: From Waste Commons to Landscape Commodity
Territory of Extraction: The Crude North
Daylighting Conflict: Board Games as Decision-Making Tools


    Landscape Urbanism: Definitions & Trajectory

    by Christopher Gray

    Long described as an “emerging” practice, landscape urbanism—with all of its ambiguity and complexity—has in fact already emerged and represents a significant 21st century design and planning ethos.

    The Performative Ground: Rediscovering The Deep Section

    by Stephanie Carlisle and Nicholas Pevzner

    The landscape we see happens above ground, yet much of its true intelligence lies beneath the surface.

    Introduction: Building the Urban Forest

    by Stephanie Carlisle, Nicholas Pevzner & Max Piana

    The idea of the forest carries deep cultural significance. What do we know about how the urban forest works — as living machine, as novel ecosystem, as a site for ecosystem services, and as a spatially and culturally rich landscape?

    Made in Australia: The Future of Australian Cities

    by Richard Weller & Julian Bolleter

    The Australian population is increasing at a rate of one person every 84 seconds. Taking population growth seriously means planning for an extra 40 million Australians by century’s end.

    Landscape Urbanism

    by Sarah Kathleen Peck and Eliza Shaw Valk

    What is landscape urbanism? What are we? Where do we want to go? Deliberately avoiding definitions? What is landscape urbanism? What are we? Where do we want to go?

    The High Line: Section 1

    by Sarah Kathleen Peck

    The High Line is a 1.2-mile long abandoned elevated freight rail line along the west side of lower Manhattan.  This 5.9 acre stretch of open space spans 20 city blocks in between and through buildings in New York City.

    Sands Bethworks: Reinventing A Bethlehem Steel Mill

    by Sarah Kathleen Peck

    While the US industrial revolution of the 1800s slowly recedes into the depths of national consciousness, the collective memory of rustbelt towns refuse to fade. What's to become of the massive physical remnants of US industrialization?

    Introduction: Indeterminacy & Multiplicity

    by Sarah Kathleen Peck and Eliza Shaw Valk

    What do we envision when we talk about landscape urbanism? Who are the designers, the makers, the thinkers engaged in the project of the city? What does landscape urbanism bring to the conversation?

    The Missouri River Basin: Water, Power, Decolonization, and Design

    by Kees Lokman

    Decolonization is a complex and multifaceted process that involves examining and denouncing colonialism; recovering and adopting Indigenous knowledge, language and practices, and; undertaking scholarly projects that address the needs of Indigenous communities.

    Gold Mining Exploits and the Legacies of Johannesburg's Mining Landscapes

    by Guy Trangos & Kerry Bobbins

    An extensive network of abandoned mine shafts and tunnels exist beneath Johannesburg. Today, these spaces are lost to time, long forgotten and abandoned below the surface of the Earth.