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.

    Information Anxiety: Towards Understanding

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    Communication is equivocal. We are limited by a language where words may mean one thing to one person and quite something else to another. The founder of TED conferences, Richard Saul Wurman examines the architecture of communication.

    Daylighting Conflict: Board Games as Decision-Making Tools

    by Janette Kim

    Games can unearth new sites of power and a recharged vision of inclusivity in the face of crisis. This essay presents a series of original board games designed to expose the political contestations embroiled in climate risk.

    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.

    Brooklyn Bridge Park

    by Sarah Kathleen Peck

    Currently under construction, Brooklyn Bridge Park will eventually encompass approximately eighty-five acres and 1.3 miles of the previously industrial waterfront directly across from downtown Manhattan.

    West 8 Airport Landscape: Schiphol

    by Adriaan Geuze & Maarten Buijs

    To make sense of the fragmented territory of an ever-expanding Airport, West 8 planted a bombardment of trees. With hundreds, sometimes thousands at the same time, it was a strategy that worked everywhere.

    Skeleton Forms: The Architecture of Infrastructure

    by Laila Seewang

    What determines the boundary of an infrastructural project? How does it overlap with other discrete projects and what part of the larger ‘network’ is adopted into the urban fragment?

    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.

    An Interview With Charles Waldheim: Landscape Urbanism Now

    by Meg Studer

    Meg Studer interviews Charles Waldheim, chair of landscape architecture at Harvard, about the significance of landscape urbanism in today's volatile economic, political, and environmental conditions.

    Living Breakwaters

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    Project: Living Breakwaters Location: Staten Island, NY Firm: SCAPE / Landscape Architecture Year: 2013 Competition: Rebuild by Design Website: Rebuild by Design – Living Breakwaters  Project Description: The Living Breakwaters concept design was developed by the SCAPE / Landscape Architecture team for the U.S. Department of … Continue reading