What is infrastructure’s cultural role in the rural landscape?
- How to adapt static large-scale civil projects into dynamic emergent systems?
- How to adapt single use infrastructure to multiple uses?
- How to transform infrastructure into an evident contributor of place?
RURAL: places that human activities are sufficiently present to be obvious, but with a low population; contrasted to wilderness where the traces are few and far between. [http://roadless.fs.fed.us]
SYMBIOSIS: Two or more dissimilar organisms living together in close association with one another.
PARASITISM, where one of the organisms harms the other(s),
MUTUALISM, where association is advantageous to all
COMMENSALISM, where association is advantageous to one organism but doesn’t affect other organism(s). [www.ucbiotech.org/glossary]
Design a water containment system (levees, dams, channels, and earthworks) to create a low-salinity/deeper pool in the lakebed, fed by the Owens River & mitigation.
Nearby, design structures & access network for the inhabitation and the intimate experience of the lake (observation, sleeping, eating, et cetera) that engage the landscape and visitors.
Ephemeral habitation of the Owens Lakeshore and the Los Angeles Aqueduct.
Hang Gliders/Sail Planers
Cultural Heritage Tourists
Only the Snowy Plover is accommodated within the current mitigation process. No other animal/plant has been considered.
How to make this place useable by people and other critters?
Develop an Infrastructure that has a cultural role & multiple uses
Mitigate the impact of the Los Angeles Aqueduct:
- Reclaim Owens Lake through partitioning the basin into a brackish lake and a hypersaline lake
- Tie Owens Lake and the Los Angeles Aqueduct together with a system for ephemeral habitation and occupation
Here is the November draft of my thesis proposal that was approved by my Committee.