Winter 2020

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

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    Introduction: Migration

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    Migration is an instinct shared across many species, an essential ingredient for survival. The design of our cities and landscapes can facilitate or inhibit migrations. Is promoting connectivity always the answer? Which flows do we want to facilitate, and which to block?

    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.

    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.

    01: 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?

    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?

    04: Building the Urban Forest

    by Stephanie Carlisle, Nicholas Pevzner & Max Piana

    The forest carries deep cultural significance. Within the urban landscape, this ecologically complex system is also understood to perform a wide range of essential ecosystem services, from increasing property values to mitigating climate change. Reforesting cities is one of the defining trends of twenty first century urbanism, but there is little agreement about how our urban forests are to be designed, planned and managed.

    Urban Forests as Landscape Artifacts

    by Brian Davis & Jamie Vanucchi

    The urban forest can’t pretend to be ‘natural’; it’s a construction that relies on both ecological processes as well as human ingenuity to survive. It marries the technical with the material, and expands the range of social experience and ecological resilience.

    Landscape Strategies for Informal Settlements: Creating Armatures to Shape Urban Form

    by Leo Robleto Costante

    Informal settlements arise primarily due to rural-to-urban migration; how do designers and urban strategies deal with the rising population of informal dwellings? An interview with David Gouverneur.

    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.

    Living with Water

    by Stephanie Carlisle

    Living With Water, is paradigm shift from a drain-pipe-pump mentality toward a system that values water as an asset.