Publications

Below is a list of my publications.  I’ve posted links to the articles that can be made accessible and/or downloadable.  If any are of interest or seem particularly troublesome or intriguing, I would love to hear from you.

 

Peer-reviewed articles and conference proceedings:

 

// “Borderlands in Landscape Architecture: Parque General San Martin”, CELA 2014 Conference Proceedings, March 2014.

This paper draws from the field of Hemispheric Studies, specifically Enrique Dussel’s concept of trans-modernity, to suggest a framework for studying American landscapes. Through an analysis of the Parque General San Martin in Mendoza, this paper offers an examination of the work of 19th century landscape designer Carlos Thays alongside the material contributions of the indigenous Huarpes people to consider the discipline of landscape architecture as part of a long line of landscape practice in the challenging environment of western Argentina.

 

// “The Force of Things: Constructing the Panama Canal”, CELA 2014 Conference Proceedings, March 2014.

This paper was co-authored with Rob Holmes (University of Florida) and Brett Milligan (UC Davis). It examines the material and conceptual history of the Panama Canal construction, specifically the involvement of landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr. and argues that the discipline of landscape architecture has the technical and conceptual tools to engage with and contribute to complex maritime landscapes such as ports and canals.

 

// “Landscapes and Instruments”, Landscape Journal, 32:2, October 2013.

This paper presents the results of ongoing research that grapples with the gap between intention and reality and suggests that this approach to landscape architecture is an appropriate and promising disciplinary response to extreme and changing conditions.

 

// “The Reserva Ecologica:  Three Streams of Material Excess in Buenos Aires.”  Conference proceedings, ACSA 101:  New Constellations, New Ecologies, March 2013.

A historical-theoretical account of the creation of the ecological reserve in Buenos Aires.  The paper examines how three different types of material waste during the time of the last Argentine military junta gave rise to the novel political ecology of the Reserva.  This paper brings together field work and historical research carried out with my wife and partner, architect Erin S. Putalik, and was written in collaboration with her.

 

// “One Hundred and Ninety-Nine Miles.”  Conference proceedings, Appalachian Studies Association, March 2013.

An analytical project examining the Hunting Tri-State port of Kentucky/West Virginia/Ohio.  Huntington Tri-State is the largest inland port in the United States by tonnage, and is a logistical infrastructure that stretches 199 miles over three important rivers.  This presentation, a collaboration with colleague Rob Holmes, examines this port as a landscape in order to put material logistics, dynamic ecologies, and local politics on an equal footing in shaping the future of Appalachian urban morphologies.

 

//  “Wider Horizons of the American Landscape.”  CELA 2012, Conference proceedings. March 2012.  

A presentation of my initial results into Latin American landscapes that builds on the work of geographer and historian Herbert Eugene Bolton that pursues for an expanded reading of the historical pan-American landscape by incorporating hemispheric studies into landscape pedagogy in the United States.

 

// “Argentina Landscape Practice During Industrialization.”  CELA 2012, Conference proceedings. March 2012.  

An actor-network history of Argentine landscape practice in Buenos Aires during the period 1900-1950.

 

// “New Methods of Practice.”  Conference Presentation.  Urban Affairs Association Conference. March 2011.  

My coauthor Peter Sigrist presented our work proposing an alternative model for professional landscape practice based on open source software.

 

// “Canal Nest Colony:  Urban Natures.”  CELA 2011, Conference Proceedings.  March 2011.  

I presented the work carried out to that point along the Gowanus Canal as part of the Canal Nest Colony project.

 

// “Open Source Practice.”  Berkeley Planning Journal, Volume 23.  February 2011.  

With my coauthor, planner Peter Sigrist of Cornell University, I propose using digital media and social networking tools to develop, communicate, and fund community landscape design projects.  This article imagines an alternative model for professional landscape practice.

 

Journal articles and book chapters:

 

// “Urban Forests as Landscape Artifacts”Scenario Journal: 04, March 2014.

This article was co-authored with Jamie Vanucchi (SUNY-ESF) and argues that the multiple use mandate of the US Forest Service offers an appropriate conceptual response to the contemporary demand for performative landscapes that do more than just offer experiences for consumption.

 

// “The Slow Violence of Fracking in Argentina“, Occupy.com, January 2014.

A short piece developing some of the environmental and political concepts and ideas surrounding industrial fracking landscapes. The piece draws directly from and develops Rob Nixon’s idea of slow violence.

 

// “Invading the Vaca Muerta: A Brief Summary of Recent Events”, Occupy.com, January 2014.

A journalistic account of the context and political maneuvers in the Neuquen Province of Argentina as agreements between provincial authorities and multinational corporations are made to hydrofrack the Vaca Muerta shale play.

 

// “Index of Landscape Typology:  Easements.”  Petropia: The Petropolis of Tomorrow.  November 2013.

This piece considers that banal byproduct of infrastructural logistics- the easement- as a cultural landscape and tries to develop some conceptual and technical tools needs to reconstruct these as places of desire.

 

// “Frontiers and Borders in the American Landscape”, Bracket 3:  At Extremes.  Forthcoming in 2014.  

This article examines the historical pan American frontier as a geo-political condition that gives rise to new technologies, institutions, and landscape types.

 

// “Land-Making Machines”, The Geologic Now.  December 2012.  

Presentation of research engaging the land-building geologic history of the Mississippi River through the case of Cubit’s Gap and presenting a new spatial type for the future New Orleans.

 

// “Public Landscapes and the Aesthetics of Toxicity.”  La Tempestad, no. 86 November 2012.  

Part of a dossier on public architecture by the Mexican arts magazine looking at the aesthetic effects and possibilities latent in toxic public landscapes.

 

// “On Landscape Ontology:  An Interview with Levi Bryant,” Lunch 7.   May 2012.  

Part of an ongoing project into the definition and development of a uniquely landscape approach.  This was an interview with philosopher Levi Bryant who is one of a new breed of philosophers known as the “speculative realists” whose work is closely allied with design thinking and practice.

 

// “Mycorrhizal Infrastructures, Mycelial Urbanisms.”  Kerb 19.  August 2011.  

A proposal for a different paradigm and scale in infrastructural projects, arguing that we should learn from bakers and brewers to create faster, smaller, more interconnected, less technocratic interventions in the future landscape.

 

 // “Urban Field Manuals:  Specifications for Construction.”  MONU #14.  April 2011.

An argument that meshes two historical document types- the field guide and the maintenance manual- and proposes that the resultant document might be a way to expand agency and interpretation of cultural landscapes.

 

// “The New Public Landscapes of Governors Island: An Interview with Adriaan Geuze.”  Places Journal.   February 2011.  

I interviewed Adriaan Geuze about the importance of mythology and storytelling in cultural landscapes, focused on his firm’s new project for Governors Island in the New York Harbor.

 

// “Canal Nest Colony.”  Urban Omnibus,  September 2010.  

An introduction to the volunteer communities and species taking root along the Gowanus Canal.

 

 // “Building Brooklyn Bridge Park:  An Interview with Matthew Urbanski.”  Places Journal.  June 2010.  

An interview with Matt Urbanski exploring the material and systems details in Brooklyn Bridge Park that are part of a larger effort toward responsible and sustainable landscape construction and maintenance.

 

// “Recreation in the Wasteland.”  Urban Omnibus.  May 2010.  

An exploration of the evolving recreational and ecological uses in the urban national park, understood as an alternative to hegemonic historical park types currently guiding landscape practice.

 

// On Criticism 5:  Criticism as Feedback Loop.”  Urban Omnibus.  January 2010.  

An exploration of the relation between criticism and production in design practice.

 

// “Memory Park, Buenos Aires.”  Topos.  December 2008.  

A journalistic account of a riverside landscape project memorializing the 30,000 victims of state terrorism in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

 

 // “Para Renovar el Bosque.”  Landscape Architecture Magazine.  April 2007.  

A journalistic account of a new masterplanning and ecological restoration project for the most important and historical public space in Mexico City, implemented by Grupo Diseno Urbano.

 

 // “From Rubble, A Park for the People.”  Landscape Architecture Magazine.  July 2006.  

A write up of a new public space project built on the banks of the Rio de la Plata in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  The project was part of a land reclamation effort and including the stabilization and capping of an illicit dump, as well as new recreational spaces and riparian habitat creation.

 

// “The Role of Community Design in Constructing Social Capital- A project with IIED-America Latina.”  2006 NC State Alumni Exhibition.  May 2006.  This project exhibited my work with the Grupo de los Jovenes community group and the International Institute for Environment and Development- America Latina to create productive landscapes in the leftover zones of an ad hoc informal settlement in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

 

Self-published:

// “On Landscape Ontology:  An Interview with Graham Harman”, FASLANYC.  July 2012.  

Part of an ongoing project into the definition and development of a uniquely landscape approach.  This was an interview with philosopher Graham Harman, the leading object-oriented philosopher in the world.  We discussed his idea of landscape and explored some of the implication of the conceptual tools he puts forth on current landscape practices and theories.

 

// “On Landscape Ontology:  An Interview with Levi Bryant”, FASLANYC.  November 2011.  

This was an interview with philosopher Levi Bryant who is one of a new breed of philosophers known as the “speculative realists” whose work I see as closely allied with design theory and practice.  We discussed his idea of landscape and explored some of the implication of the conceptual tools he puts forth on current practices.

 

// “The Conscientizacao of the Landscape:  An Interview with Kongjian Yu”, FASLANYC.  February 2011.  

Exploring the importance of work and its relation to productive landscapes in China and Chicago.

 

// Urban Industrial Canals:  A Field GuideIssuu.  Summer 2011.  

Designed to be a theoretical and speculative guide to interpreting industrial canal landscapes in cities and imagining what might be done in these places of cultural history.  The field guide is available for download on issuu and intended to be easily and cheaply printable, as well as understandable, with the hope to lower barriers to entry and encourage more people to explore nearby cultural landscapes.

 

// “The Conscientizacao of the Landscape:  An Interview with Kate Orff”, FASLANYC.  March 2010.  

An interview with Kate Orff of Scape Studio discussing her new proposal for the Gowanus Canal and imagining how the conceptual tools might be applied in different settings and site contexts working toward the goal of interpreting cultural landscapes and restoring ecological health.

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