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


    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.

    Productive Filtration: Living System Infrastructure in Calcutta

    by Stephanie Carlisle

    The ECW is one of the largest and most productive urban aquaculture treatment wetlands in the world. If designers are to construct complex, living systems they first need to understand how they work.

    Flood + Forest: A Migration Corridor for Reconnecting the Brussels Landscape

    by Wim Wambecq & Bruno De Meulder

    Brussels' southern Senne valley is selected to establish an ecological corridor for migration and for holding water before it enters the city.

    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.

    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.

    Big Old Tree, New Big Easy

    by Karen Lutsky

    New Orleans' veteran trees have the ability to function socially, economically and hydologically. The potential of New Orleans' expansive canopies can be seen as a basis for a simple but powerful long-term planning and planting strategy for the city.

    One Percent: Mining Bone Valley

    by Rob Holmes, Lauren Sosa & Christie Allen

    Florida is the epicenter of phosphate mining in the United States. The sheer scale of the impact of this extraction on the Floridian landscape is immense. As it grows, phosphate mining is producing enormous accidental monuments to the current American way of life.

    Exhibit: Lebbeus Woods at The Drawing Center

    by Stephanie Carlisle and Nicholas Pevzner

    LEBBEUS WOODS, ARCHITECT, on exhibit at The Drawing Center in New York, traces the career of Lebbeus Woods, a visionary architect whose responses to the sites of trauma have given us haunting designs — intricate, beautiful, full of memory, and ultimately optimistic.

    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.

    Paradoxes of Archetypes: the Urban and the Forest

    by Keith Chung & Anna Misharina

    In order for the urban forest to have social meaning, it must be legible as a form and as a system – revealing the workings of each entity through their juxtaposition.