News & Updates

The Future of the Slufter  
Models and scenarios for the world's largest sludge disposal facility located in the Netherlands, en route to the 6th International Architecture Biennale in Rotterdam (IABR), curated by Dirk Sijmons, to be exhibited at the Kunsthal.

Ground-to-Air: Aerial Investigations from the Orbital to the Intertidal  [13.12.01] Airbases produce urban geographies and altitudinal ecologies. Whether military or civilian, active or closed, these infrastructures emerge from the technological development of aerial mobility and the contemporary growth of air power amidst the complexities of political, economic growth. Across the spectrum of military and civilian airbases lies a field of urban influence, whereby strategies of defense and projections of power are imprinted in the location, distribution, and reach of airbases as well as their related operations. Not only do they shape how we move through different geographies or how we access different altitudes, these aerial infrastructures open a lens through which we see the ground and ground conditions from above, and alternatively, how we shape air and airspace from below. Profiling nearly 5 years of Design Research by students in the Landscape Architecture Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, these investigations explore aerial infrastructures as a landscape of spatial, ecological relevance and as temporal territory of geopolitical influence. From the historic rise of the military airbase worldwide to the current closure of postwar airfields in growing population concentrations domestically, these investigations reveal the inseparability of the airfield from the complex, technological, geo-political, socio-economic, bio-physical environments in which they are located. By “re-basing” the contemporary airbase and redrawing the contours of contemporary urbanization beyond the spatial footprint of cities, these investigations propose how these aerial infrastructures form a vast ecological web across different altitudes, that bear considerable influence on the processes and patterns of contemporary urban life in the 21st century. On display at the Harvard Graduate School of Design as part of the
Airport Landscape: Urban Ecologies of Aerial Age Exhibition.

Altitudes of Urbanization [13.11.05] From 10,000 metres below the sea, to 35,000 kilometers in orbit above the surface of the earth, the infrastructure that supports urban life has reached unimaginable extents below ground, in the water, and across outer space. Currently on display at the Harvard Graduate School of Design as part of the
Airport Landscape: Urban Ecologies of Aerial Age Exhibition, the project re-profiles the conventional contours of the cities we live and the spaces we travel through, this diagram illustrates the range of depths and dimensions that we have reached and explored over the course of the past 3000 years. Referencing John McHale's canonical drafting of Vertical Mobility in his 1969 The Future of the Future and Patrick Geddes’ 1909 Valley Section of Civilization, this visualization shifts our predominantly static and technological view of the world from above, to open a longitudinal lens on the processes and patterns of contemporary urbanization across three horizons: the orbital, the subterranean, the submarine. Across time, this deep sectional view brings to a light the inseparability of environmental forces and flows, climates and temperatures, pressures and atmospheres that regulate a range of senses, sites, systems and infrastructures. Here, in this field of motion and landscape information, multiple grounds are revealed as index and interface: a registration of existing temporalities, shifting territories and emerging agencies. This longitudinal landscape provides an augmented understanding of where we live in relationship to thermodynamic exchanges, latitudinal variations and hydrological ranges that are associated with vectors of movement—from logistics to communications, policies to legislations, planetary processes to intertidal cycles, climatic differences to barometric pressures, to better understand the live, dynamic ecologies under the influence of, and exerting pressure on, the altitudes of contemporary urban life.

 Infrastructural Ecologies  [12.03.26] Landscape Infrastructure: Urbanism beyond Engineering chapter published as part of a new book "Infrastructure Sustainability & Design" from Routledge, edited by Spiro Pollalis, Andreas Georgoulias, Stephen Ramos, and Daniel Schodek, on the design and planning of contemporary infrastructures.

 Planning for the 22nd Century  [10.09.17] In conjunction with the Netherlands Ministry of Spatial Planning, the Netherlands Architecture Fund supports design research on the long term future of the Dutch Delta Region, looking towards the next century. More to

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 Peak Dirt  [10.06.21] 3000-year timeline of food production, pesticides, petro-chemicals and colonial power nearing completion.

 Demilitarization  [10.06.19] Research visualization in preliminary stages for next month's ESRI International Conference at the Environmental Systems Research Institute in San Diego, CA.

 21st Century Infrastructure  [10.06.07] German publisher Lars Müller releases the book, Ecological Urbanism, edited by Mohsen Mostafavi & Gareth Doherty, featuring an OPSYS essay on "Redefining Infrastructure".

 Concrete Learning  [10.05.31] New footage from Ellesmere skatepark in Toronto by Jim Barnum at Spectrum and Chris Walters at Pine Tree, a robo-dozing project from '08.

 Boarding  [10.05.18] New collaboration under way with Renata van Tscharner (Charles River Conservancy) and Matt Fluegge (Grindline Skate Parks) for the Zakim Bridge Skatepark in Boston, in anticipation of the 10th anniversary of the Charles River Conservancy coming this June.

 Plan That  [10.04.02] Maasvlakte 2100 receives Planning Award in the 2010 Great Places Awards co-sponsored by PLACES Journal in cooperation with Metropolis magazine.