Category terrain vague & derelict urbanism

Staring at Goats IV: Time + Specificity

[view of day 9 of goats on Belmont (above and below).  We are currently in day 15] One of the questions I’ve been asked most while in the field with the goats is how long they are going to be there. This has turned out to be a hard question to answer with more accuracy […]

‘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 […]

Roving Living Levelers

[Goats on Bunker Hill, Los Angeles. Source] In connection to our recent posts on emergent and constructed forests, NPR just ran a brief story on the annual return of goats to Bunker Hill in downtown Los Angeles.  For the past three years the goats have been brought to the stepply-sploed site to level the weedy […]

Foundational Forests

[Desvigne and Dalnoky’s forested urbanism proposed for the redevelopment of Bordeaux’s Right Bank] (This post is tied into the ongoing Infrastructural City Blogiscussion.  Clicking here for mammoth’s introduction will provide additional background to text and ideas we are referencing) After describing the demise of Los Angeles’s Palm Trees, Warren Techentin’s Tree Huggers Chapter of Varnelis’ […]

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 […]

1:1 Scale Mapping of Terrain Vague

In a previous post, we documented a failed installation on a vacant urban lot.  That botched attempt to implant a vegetated shape on the site was useful in revealing many processes occurring there.  Such processes are particularly evident in the programmatic vacuum of open or derilect urban lots.  During the interim period until these sites […]

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 […]