SCENARIO 07: Power
  • Fall 2019
  • Edited by Nicholas Pevzner & Stephanie Carlisle

Introduction: Power

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?

Our Energy For Our Country

by Arturo Massol-Deyá

When the power system failed after Hurricane Maria, Casa Pueblo's lights stayed on, thanks to our photovoltaic system. It served as an energy oasis for Adjuntas. But how it ended up there is the result of multiple fights against external extractive threats—against mining, and then against the centralized oil- and gas-powered energy regime.

Speculative Designs For Energy Democracy

by Nicholas Pevzner

Hurricane Maria exposed and exacerbated long-standing structural weaknesses in Puerto. A landscape architecture studio set out to test the potential of community-based energy hubs as having a radical potential to reframe the spatial distribution of resources, community preparedness, and political control.

The TVA, Fuzzy Spaces of Power, and Other Purposes

by Micah Rutenberg

In the 1930s, the Tennessee Valley Authority transformed an entire region through electrification. This piece explores how the TVA exercised power at multiple scales: the dam, the map and the electrical appliance.

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.

Power Plant Power

by Salvador Lindquist and Eric Minton

Scattered throughout Detroit are relics of the city’s industrial production, along with the old generators of power for that industry. Power Plant Power investigates Detroit through the lens of energy production, its subsequent decline, and new futures of alternative modes and dynamics of power.

Arctic Present: The Case of Teriberka

by Viktoria Khokhlova

The landscape of a country is always a playground for political events. So it is in the case of Russia, where over the past century, across a huge territory, almost all the landscape of the country has undergone significant changes as a consequence of evolving political and strategic interests.

The Blue Lagoon: From Waste Commons to Landscape Commodity

by Catherine De Almeida

Waste legibility can be an asset shared by active power generating operations, a novel ecological community, and recreational uses. At the Blue Lagoon, the formalization of a wasteland commons created instead a high-end, privatized spa that conceals the underlying landscape and its unique conditions.

Territory of Extraction: The Crude North

by Michael W. Smith

No territory in the United States exhibits a bigger tension between resource extraction and conservation of public lands than the North Slope of Alaska. This project is an exploration into uncertain trajectory of Alaska’s energy future through the manipulation of policy and infrastructure along the Trans-Alaska pipeline.

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.