“For the first LI@SX of 2012, Studio-X NYC is delighted to welcome Rob Holmes and Stephen Becker of Mammoth and Tim Maly of Quiet Babylon, three-quarters of the Dredge Research Collaborative (with Brett Milligan of Free Association Design), for a short visual tour of hulking geotubes, silt fences, sensate geotextiles, and other monuments of the dredge cycle, followed by a lively Q&A and informal discussion on the unrecognized architectural possibilities of dredge.
Every year, billions of tons of earth are moved by erosion caused by humans and by humans in response to erosion. The Dredge Cycle is landscape architecture at a monumental scale, carving the coastlines and waterways of continents according to a mixture of industrial need and unintended consequences. Thus far, it has remained the domain of logistics, industry, and engineering, a soft successor to the elevated freeway interchanges and massive dams that captured the cultural imagination of the previous century: a new infrastructural vernacular for the self-aware Anthropocene.
The Dredge Research Collaborative have been exploring the choreography of these interconnected sedimentary landscapes, visiting dredged material confinement areas from Poplar Island in the Chesapeake Bay to Hayden Island in the Columbia River, talking with dredge-experts such as the transnational materials conglomerate TenCate, the Army Corps of Engineers, and the Bureau of Land Management, and publishing and lecturing widely on dredge.”
The event is Tuesday, January 24, 6:30-8:30pm @ Studio-X NYC, 180 Varick Street, Suite 1610, New York, NY 10014. Free and open to the public. No RSVP required. Technology willing, I may be able to wire into the q + a conversation.
Of note, the evening’s conversation will serve as a prelude to a limited-ticket Festival of Dredge tour this summer, for which LI@SX attendees will be given reservation priority — look for more details on the Festival in the future.
[Images above: Dredging of the Port of Fremantle’s Shipping Channels, 2010, Perth, Australia (By Nearmap), and harbor dredging in Oceanside California by flickr user smacss.]