Monthly Archives: May 2010

Corporate Ecologies in Print

For interested readers, F.A.D. has a feature article in the latest issue of the European Journal of Landscape Architecture (JoLA), illustrating the concept of Corporate Ecologies.  JoLA is one of the few journals that seeks to “support, stimulate and increase scholarly debate in Landscape Architecture” and is dedicated to “expanding the range of communication modes […]

Fluid Topographies

The Infrastructural City: Reading Matthew Coolidge’s Margins in our Midst: Gravel (introduced by mammoth here) [Gravel barges, from Flickr user mistert2) Sites of resource extraction and mining are perhaps the best locations to demonstrate the networked ecology of urbanism.  The massive voids and distorted terrains created by the borrowing of material from one landscape for […]

Terraforming and Superweeds

[Crop dusting, via Wikipedia] By governor proclamation, May 16-22 has been deemed weed awareness week in the state of Oregon.  The proclamation sets forth agendas and actions to increase public awareness of weed-related problems as framed in terms of economic implications.  A conservative estimate finds that the damage caused by noxious weeds in the state […]

Embodied Urbanism

[Artist Tim Knowles on a 'windwalk' near Charing Cross, London.  The contraption he wears, pictured below, is equipped with a video camera, GPS unit and a pivoting sail that points Knowles in the direction of wind flows in the city.] Tim Knowles’ windwalks appear in Data Flow 2, amongst a diverse collection of many other […]

Remediating Crude City

[The Infrastructural City blogiscussion - Chapter 3: Crude City] [Removal of a leaking storage tank from a Superfund site.  Image via Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection photostream] “But infrastructures, when outmoded, do not just disappear.  Forced underground, they undergo metamorphic transformations, the resulting strata propping up the world above” -Ruchala, Crude City In reading Frank […]

Ecological Urbanism, Reviewed

[OMA’s proposal for Zeekracht: "The urgency of sustainable and secure energy calls for a collective mobilization of intelligence and ambition that exceeds standard piecemeal solutions to climate change. Zeekracht, a masterplan for the North Sea, maps out a massive renewable energy infrastructure engaging all its surrounding countries – and potentially those beyond – in a […]

Minimalism and Infrastructure

“We need to develop new narratives to understand and appreciate urban watersheds and how they function”  -David Fletcher, Flood Control Freakologies, The Infrastructural City [Army Corps of Engineer's channel flow model, circa 1940] Minimalism, as an artistic movement,  is characterized by a particular set of aesthetics and sculptural works.  ‘Minimalism’ refers to the idea of […]

Visual Histories of the Los Angeles River: the Past and Envisioned Futures

[This post is part of The Infrastructural City blogiscussion - Chapter 2: Flood Control Freakology] [An aerial view of Los Angeles and its River taken from a balloon around 1887.] “Historically, as the river flooded and meandered across the floodplain, the watershed boundary redefined itself.  Originally the river ran through a broad alluvial floodplain, the […]

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