Category photography

A Megacity, with a Big Wet Hole in the Middle

[“The West Contra Costa County Landfill in North Richmond (above) is one of the largest and oldest continuously active landfills on the Bay. It ceased accepting municipal waste in 2006, although it still serves as a compost and waste processing site and as a transfer station for shipping regional trash farther inland (currently to the […]

Post-Panamax Earthworks

[Before and after images of the “removal of De Lesseps Island as part of the works for widening and deepening the navigational channels in Culebra Cut and Gatun Lake, for safer Post-Panamax vessel transits through the new channel. The removal of this island will allow straight-course navigation in this area“] As part of the Panama […]

Quick Displacements

“National Guard filling Tiger Tubes” “Tiger Dams emergency flood control equipment is typically shipped in 50 foot sections sealed in 55 gallon plastic containers. Tubes are 50 feet in length when they are filled (54 feet when empty) and the tubes are 19 inches in height. Larger lengths rolled on spools may be provided. Each […]

Seeing Water

[Karen M’Closkey and Keith VanDerSys (PEG Office of Landscape + Architecture), Conductors, 2010] [Valerio Morabito, Senza titolo (untitled)] [Anuradha Mathur and Dilip daCunha, Mumbai Sections, 2009.] “Is it time, then, to rethink our relationship to water and how we imagine both its presence and absence in design? Can new attitudes, questions, and techniques of visualization […]

Invisible in Neon

In discussing the appropriation of codes and uniforms, we were reminded of photographer Stephen Gill’s Invisible series: City of Sound did a review of Stephen Gill’s photography a while back that’s worth reading: “…jackets specifically designed to be highly visible seem to only underline the invisibility of those who wear them. It’s interesting that Gill […]

Choreography of Reservoirs

Much of Portland’s urban water supply is stored on top of an extinct volcano within the city, called Mt. Tabor.  In a synchronized set of actions, each of the three open reservoirs are alternately drained and scrubbed clean twice a year.  Large volumes of water are shifted around to allow for the entirety of their […]

‘Specimens’ from the Most Polluted River

Via Orion Magazine and artist Amanda Koller Konya comes Specimens: “Common modes of conveying information, such as science and journalism, fail to represent the complex reality of the New River [considered the United States’ most toxic and drains into the Salton Sea], which flows north from Mexico into California—its use by illegal immigrants as a […]

Recent Terrain Facsimiles

More Views of Emergent Urban Forests

(Note:  this post is part of the Infrastructural City Blogiscussion.  Click here for mammoth’s introduction to this chapter) Warren Techentin’s Tree Huggers (chapter seven of Varnelis’ Infrastructural City) explores the impending fate of Los Angeles’ iconic, yet water-consumptive palm trees.   As the city seeks to create a more multi-functional urban forest, the nearly shadeless […]

A Future-Present of the Networked City

[Fusione #1, 2007] I recently re-stumbled upon Giacomo Costa’s fantastical urban images.  Revisiting them a second time brought to mind recent discussions of Varnelis’ Infrastructural City.  In particular, the images above and below provide an immersive rendering of the odd possibility of towing icebergs to Los Angeles to provide a new source of water for […]