Category ephemera/installation

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DredgeFest Louisiana

Geographer Richard Campanella has evocatively described the Mississippi River—which is North America’s largest river, discharging more than three times as much water as the next largest river in the United States—as the “land-making machine”. And, indeed, historically, this is what the Mississippi River did: it made land, building its enormous delta—the southern half of the […]

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How to Unwater

Saturated by images of inundated New York – via the instagram storm and elsewhere – we wonder how the city’s subways and various other low-lying crevices will be drained of Sandy’s remnant flood waters and how long that process might take.  As it turns out, there is an emerging design specialty just for that purpose being […]

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Invitation to DredgeFest NYC

[Left: The British Headquarters Map, circa 1782, considered one of the most detailed surveys of Mannahatta’s early topography and ecology. Right: Mannahatta map illustrating the differences in the island’s elevation between 1609 and today. Grays and blacks indicate increases in elevation, mainly waterways that have been filled in, while browns indicate decreases in elevation, such […]

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Building Land to Know How It Erodes Away

[Top image: Sediment-thickness map, showing thickness of the sand deposit at Hewes Point, north of the Chandeleur Island chain. Sand used to construct the E-4 berm was excavated from the side of the deposit, about 3 kilometers north of the islands. Bottom: Photograph taken on April 13, 2011, of the completed E-4 berm, detached from […]

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Near Olympic National Park, just off of highway 112, the National Park Service has set up a public viewing station facing what was formerly the Elwha Dam.  The platform is equipped with a high magnification spotting scope which one can use to peer into the various accelerated anthro-geologic  events happening there.  The series of images […]

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Staring at Goats IX: the Para-normal

[Lyn Cassady, former secret U.S. military psychic soldier (…or was he?) tests his interrogative prowess by attempting to stare a goat to death.  His successful attempt is authentically recorded by the video camera at his side.  We, as viewer, see this as filtered through memories created prior to Cassady’s transformative ‘Jedi’ training, in which his […]

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Drawing Wind

These maps, still screen saves from Fernanda Viégas and Martin Wattenberg’s animated windmap, show U.S. wind patterns and their velocity at approximately 2pm eastern standard time today. The stream of near real-time maps are constructed with data from NOAA’s National Digital Forecast Database.  Similar to drawing water, agencies of algorithms have been deployed, collating and […]

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