Fast, Cheap, and Out of Control is an interdisciplinary symposium exploring the potentials of the landscape medium to be explored through alternative value systems. What if the primary drivers of landscape inquiry focused more on the potentials of inexpensive, yet abundant, materials, the uncontrolled evolutionary potential of ecological systems, and landscapes that may be designed to disappear. Participants will explore themes that are related to these topics or which in some way challenge ideas of traditional landscape architectural practice in order to foster discussion about the potentials of future landscapes.
12:30 – 4:30 pm, September 7, 2017
John C. Hodges Library
University of Tennessee
Participants in the symposium are:
Abstract: Pervasively Forgettable
Few plants are as pervasively forgettable as the Cottonwood tree. In the midwestern United States, it along with its cousin the Willow seem to blanket every available wet spot not already overrun by Phragmites or Japanese Knotweed. While native, the plant has earned the title of “weed”, and because of its rapid growth and weak wood, is typically seen as nuisance. It is seldom planted as a landscape tree beyond its use as a windbreak or for the production of pulpwood. The Cottonwood tree is the victim of its own success, rendered invisible, relegated to context. This talk will focus specifically on the freshwater shores of the Great Lakes region, where the Cottonwood is the predominant woody biomass, responding to and re-scripting a wide range of myopically engineered conditions. This discussion will lead to the illumination of an ignored potential in species such as Cottonwood, to not just be cheap, fast, and out of control, but to also provide strategic and effective methods of landscape engagement.
University of California, Berkeley
Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning
Richard L. Hindle is Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning at the University of California, Berkeley. His current research focuses on patent innovation in landscape related technologies, from large-scale mappings of riverine and coastal systems to detailed historical studies on the antecedents of vegetated architecture. His writing and making explores the potential of new technological narratives and material processes to reframe theory, practice, and the production of landscape. Recent works include Levees that Might Have Been in Places Journal (2015), Infrastructures of Innovation in Scaling Infrastructure CAU@MIT (2016) and the exhibition Geographies of Innovation at UC Berkeley (2015).
Abstract: Lets Try Something New
Landscape Architecture is a service industry structured around the business model of billable hours. The business of landscape architecture is the business of drawing site plans, create renderings, facilitate community meetings, and managing construction projects (with a few notable exceptions). This type of work has sustained the profession for more than a century, but as we face an uncertain future we need to reimagine the type of work landscape architects do and the type of work that defines the profession. This presentation outlines a method for landscape architect “as inventor” and discusses the prospects of working as a designer in emerging sectors of technology that will define the built environments of the future.
The Ohio State University
Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture
Forbes Lipschitz is an Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture at the Austin E. Knowlton School of Architecture at The Ohio State University. She teaches both studio and seminar courses in landscape planning, geographic information systems, and representation. As a faculty affiliate with the Initiative for Food and Agricultural Transformation, her current research explores the role of geospatial analysis and representation in rethinking working landscapes. She received her Master in Landscape Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and a BA in environmental aesthetics from Pomona College in Claremont, California.
Abstract: Creature (Dis)Comfort: Slaughter as Design Practice
The meat and poultry industry is the largest segment of U.S. agriculture, with total meat and poultry production in 2015 reaching an all time high of 94.3 billion pounds. On average, the United States slaughters over 30,000 chickens, cows, and hogs per minute. Yet despite the scale and breakneck pace of production and consumption, we seldom think about where our meat comes from. This is no oversight – it is designed. The remote siting and placeless design of livestock production and processing allow society to avoid confronting the unsettling nature of slaughter. Can landscape architecture challenge the designed indifference of contemporary meat processing? In so doing can it contribute to the development more local, sustainable, transparent and humane models of slaughter?