Borderlands Research Group

Director: Brian Davis

Research Assistants: Julia Gold, Amelia Jensen, Petra Marar, Jinhee Ha

Funding Sources: US Geological Survey, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Einaudi Center for International Studies

 

The Borderlands Research Group is interested in the ruderal landscapes, the marginal spaces, the edges and the contact zones of North and South American landscapes.  The BRG develops project-specific methodologies that combine the representational techniques of landscape architecture with the conceptual tools of folks such as Herbert Eugene Bolton,  Mary Louise Pratt, and William Cronon to explore, analyze, and speculate on landscapes typically characterized as left over, post-industrial, vague terrain. Themes of interest include urban industrial canals, aesthetics and toxicity, and denatured wilderness.

 

Current projects include Ciudad/Rio which is supported by funding from the Einuadi Center for International Studies, and Visualizing Landscape Change which is supported by the USGS and NYS DEC through the Water Resources Institute. Ciudad/Rio is a comparative, transnational research project working with the ACUMAR river basin authority in Buenos Aires, Argentina and the Projeto Tiete in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The current focus of the Ciudad/Rio project is building network capacity and developing multi-scalar representational strategies. The current focus of the Visualizing Landscape Change project is ESHR field work in Troy, NY together with analysis of historical aerial photographs to visualize changes in performance of landscape systems related to the sewage infrastructure of the city.

 

The first publication in this vein can be seen in the upcoming Brckt 3: At Extremes, edited by Maya Przybylski and Lola Sheppard.  It is titled “Frontiers and Borders in the Trans-American Landscape“.

[plan of the Mexica city of Teotihuacan, the highly orthogonal city grid and large central plaza far predate the Laws of the Indies]

[plan of the Mexica city of Teotihuacan, the highly orthogonal city grid and large central plaza far predate the Laws of the Indies]

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