The Owens Lake is an almost-dry lake bed caused by the LA Aquaduct. Harmful dust storms now harm nearby towns and leave the LADWP yearly with million dollar projects that try to decrease the dust. This project proposes a saline species testing ground, where a series of infrastructure (a fence, a ditch, and a berm) create a variety of ecological conditions. In the winter, local residents participate in truck races, where saline vegetation species are dispersed from the truck bed as they drive, crossing through each infrastructure type. The infrastructure tests the species resilience in a variety of ecological conditions, and the species resiliency tests the infrastructures ability to change the environmental conditions.
A RIVER IN FLOWERS
TRANSITIONAL ECOLOGY focuses on narrative, ritual and process in the transformation of Detroit's Packard Plant. The project explores the process of transitioning the grounds of the Packard using a ‘participatory narrative’ to both integrate the community into the narrative of the site and integrate the site into the narrative of the city. The redevelopment process was broken into chapters of a graphic novel, each representing a phase of participatory programming that would drive the process forward. Drawing on existing conceptual projects such as the daylighting of Bloody Run Creek, and the Detroit Future City plan, as well as local mythology, the project seeks to reposition the site’s narrative, and that of the city, with the use of storytelling and public engagement.
An exhibition emerges at the Packard Plant that reveals the contextual ecology of the site, as well as the future plans from Detroit Future City.
A yearly festival 'Le Marche du Nain Rouge' takes over the site, ending in the ritual of burning an effigy of the city's harbinger of doom, ridding the city of evil and ensuring a positive next year. This festival also serves as a prescribed burning, an ecological ritual that will give a fresh start to vegetation and begin the landscape process.
As a new landscape begins to emerge filled with plant species that replenish the soil and remove pollutants, visitors are invited to come and watch the process of landscape unfold, and wait for the Bloody Run Creek to return
As the Packard Plant now is the site of the headwater wetlands for the Bloody Run Creek, these wetlands and the plant species they produce will serve as a plant nursery for the community to come and get plants for vacant lots surrounding their homes. This allows the spread of these helpful urban plant species throughout the corridor of the Creek.
WILD LOS ANGELES
In the fashion of Ed Rusche, this small handmade booklet explores spontaneous vegetation on the streets of Los Angeles.
METRO CASE STUDY
Mexico City’s Metro serves a vast population in a city of 8.8 million. Signage, graphic language, and mapping all play an important role in a smooth running urban metro system. Using graphic imagery and place based research, this case study analysis various metro stops, and the system as a whole.
ON THE FENCE
An ephemeral participatory art project that seeks to connect children of the Citizens of the World Charter School with the mountains that lay beyond the buildings densely developed urban site. Both children and parents participated in the project over the course of a weekend, tying ribbons along the main entry adjacent fence, colorfully mimicking the geological formations of the hidden mountains beyond.
POST INDUSTRIAL NATURE
This project explores the future of LA River adjacent properties as the public interest in opening the soft-bottom portion of the river to recreation grows. This project maps the materiality, soil conditions, and history of the site, imagining what each combination might product in a series of spontaneously vegetated gardens. Walking paths, biking paths, and skate parks meander and dot this new form of ‘nature’ in our cities.
INFRASTRUCTURE BASED RECREATION
As urban areas become more dense, urban inhabitants must find new methods for recreation to maintain physical and mental health. This project proposes merging infrastructure (environmental) and recreation (social) to increase the productivity and resiliency and both the human and environmental condition in cities.