25 posts, 13 pages, 9 categories, 98 tags, 32 comments, 24 approved, 8 spam later, this wordpress run is coming to a close. Dissatisfied with the formatting options, editing difficulties and the threat of perverse advertisements once my annual pay off comes due, I have moved my online energies to cargo collective and the more trustworthy lndscpr.com.
Hopefully useful in process, this thesis film strip is now unfortunately viewed in reverse order, while my interests have moved away from the blogging towards experimental design research. Over the 9 months, this is the component that has been the most absent in my research despite my early hypotheses that:
The generative capacity of landscape is defined as the potential and possibilities that occur from events, and is therefore different that its productive capacity which focuses on efficient outcomes over a set time.i It can therefore be better understood through direct observation and material experimentation instead of using predictive models.ii
By applying observations from specific cases to specific experiments (transduction) instead of attempting to discern general rules, there is the potential to discover distinct material and spatial qualities, and collaborative opportunities previously hidden behind the computer screen.iii
By consciously observing the agency of digital design tools, we may avoid allowing the agency of these tools from dictating design intent. Conversely, through hyperbolic critique of our maintenance and construction tools, we may better understand their generative capacity and how we might innovatively employ them.
Part of this stems from the academic calendar being the inverse of the growing season, but is also partly due to the logistics of machinery and site conflicting with my early, lofty ambitions. Despite these obstacles, my experience maintaining and charting middle field, and patterning through the router and “yard models” have validated these earlier hypotheses and inspired me to focus on physical experiment as the principle way of investigating maintenance as infrastructural service, as design activism, and as novel ecology. Each concept will be tested and observed to demonstrate its validity before the rambling and speculation.
Thanks to all that made this possible:
Teresa Gali-Izard | primary-advisor. Brian Osborn | secondary-advisor. Beth Meyer, Brian Davis, Julian Raxworthy, Matthew Jull, Leena Cho, Michael Lee, Pete O’shea, Jorg Sieweke | other advisors in order of appearance. Michelle Rehme, Marie Schacht, Stewart Gamage | morven programs. Elton Oliver, Andy Wyland | morven estate managers. School of Architecture Student Research Grant Comittee | funding. Mark Olinger | director, dept. of planning & development review, city of richmond. Lisbeth Coker | project development manager, department of economic and community development, city of richmond. Meade Anderson | office of remediation programs, department of environmental equality, state of virginia. CELA. Scenario Journal. Central Virginia Rentals. Gary Bibb. Isaac Cohen, Isaac Hammetz, Chris Woods, Amelia Einbender-Leber, Nathan Burgess, Brian Flynn, Jake Fox, Dirk, and most importantly, Michelle Brookey