This is a pretty exhaustive list of my publications. Where applicable I've put in links. My newest pieces also have a direct link under "news and recent work". I've done a lot of different types of publishing, from peer-reviewed journal articles, to popular pieces for trade journals and websites, to my own series of interviews with prominent practitioners in the field of landscape architecture such as Adriaan Gueze, Kongjian Yu, and Kate Orff. I'm trying to get some downloadable pdfs up here, though that may take a bit of time to sort out the permissions. If you see anything in particular that interests you, please don't hesitate to contact me.
Isthmus: On the Panama Canal Expansion. Places Journal, 2015. This paper co-authored with Rob Holmes and Brett Milligan, tracks the Panama Canal expansion project and proposes that infrastructural megaprojects should be conceived of through the lens of landscape, not logistics.
Wider Horizons of American Landscape. Landscape Journal, 2015. Single author paper presenting the results of my research on Latin American landscape architectural histories and calling for a tighter coupling between American landscape architecture studies and hemispheric studies.
A Case Study in Hydrology and Cultural Identity: 2,500 years of Landscape-making in Mendoza, Argentina. Landscape Research Record No. 2, 2014. Chosen Most Outstanding Paper. Single author paper looking at how contemporary park-making practices in the Argentinean west are part of a long cultural tradition of hydrological manipulation and territory formation in this environment.
Landscapes and Instruments. Landscape Journal 32-2. 2014. Single author paper presenting the theoretical results of my thesis research developing representational tools for landscape architecture appropriate to working on public, dynamic landscapes.
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.
River Landscapes of São Paulo: Varzeás and Piscinões. In River Cities: Historical and Contemporary, forthcoming 2017, edited by Thaisa Way and John Beardsley and published by Dumbarton Oaks. This chapter, co-authored with Amelia Jensen, comes from a paper we delivered at the Dumbarton Oaks symposium by the same name. It positions contemporary stormwater infrastructures in São Paulo – the piscinões – as the latest iteration of river landscapes in the city stretching back over 1,000 years. Contemporary landscape infrastructures are analyzed as part of a lineage of cultural production and territorialization stretching back to the Tupinikim people.
Frontiers and Borders in the American Landscape. Bracket 3: At Extremes, by Lola Shepard and Maya Przybylski. Forthcoming in 2016. This chapter examines the historical pan-American frontier as a geo-political condition that gives rise to new technologies, institutions, and landscape types.
Public Sediment.Toward an Urban Ecology, by Kate Orff. Forthcoming 2015. This chapter positions recent landscape architectural work on estuarine shorelines by SCAPE studio as part of a pragmatic tradition and theorizes key concepts for working very large contemporary American landscapes.
Index of Landscape Typology: Easements. Petropia: The Petropolis of Tomorrow, by Neeraj Bhatia and Mary Casper. 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.
Land-Making Machines. Making the Geologic Now: Responses to Material Conditions of Contemporary Life, by Jamie Kruse and Elizabeth Ellsworth. December 2012. Presentation of research looking at 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.
Piscinão: problems and possibilities of stormwater detention as civic infrastructures in São Paulo, B. Davis. Water, Megacities, and Global Change, UNESCO, December 2015. This paper demonstrated the historical and contemporary importance of stormwater infrastructure in São Paulo, Brazil, in particular the contemporary piscinões, and makes a case that they must be reconceived as civic infrastructures that not only add stormwater capacity but also improve human and ecosystem health in the watershed.
A Thousand Years of River Cities. Dumbarton Oaks Conference, River Cities, Historical and Contemporary 2015. A paper co-authored with Cornell masters student Amelia Jensen presenting a historical and theoretical framework for understanding urban rivers in the Americas as historical frontier landscapes.
Borderlands in Landscape Architecture: Parque San Martín. CELA 2014. I am the primary author for a paper looking at the San Martín Park in Mendoza, Argentina as a key part of a large-scale, urban hydrological system enabling habitation in an extreme environment that stretches back to at least the Incan Empire.
The Force of Things: Constructing the Panama Canal. CELA 2014.. I am a co-author with two colleagues of a conference paper examining the historical role and future potential of landscape architecture in the construction and operation of the Panama Canal.
Reserva Ecologica: Three Streams of Material Excess in Buenos Aires. ACSA- New Constellations, New Ecologies 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 ecology of the Reserva. This paper brings together fieldwork and historical research carried out with architect Erin S. Putalik and was written with her collaboration.
Urban Rivers in Buenos Aires and Sao Paulo: A Comparative Case Study, CELA 2015. March 2015. Sole author presentation presenting an analytical representational framework for urbanized industrial rivers with a focus on water quality, public space, and flooding infrastructure.
Event Specific High-Resolution Aerial Photography: Visualizing Landscape Change. CELA 2015. Sole author presentation presenting a technique I’ve developed for studying event-specific landscapes phenomena.
Hypersublime: Public Landscapes and the Aesthetics of Toxicity. EDRA 45 2014. I am the author of a presentation of the early results of my research on urban rivers, focused on the Riachuelo in Buenos Aires. This paper considers their affective potential and legacy of toxicity.
The Engineering Shockwave of the Panama Canal Expansion. EDRA 45 2014. I am the coauthor of a paper looking at the multi-scalar ecological, social, and logistical impacts and potentials of the ongoing Panama Canal Expansion project.
One Hundred Ninety-Nine Miles. Appalachian Studies Association 2013. An analytical project examining the Huntington 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 distributed logistical infrastructure that stretches 199 miles over three important rivers. This presentation, a collaboration with colleague Rob Holmes, examines this port as a landscape, putting 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. A presentation of my initial results into Latin American landscapes that builds on the work of geographer and historian Herbert Eugene Bolton and pursues 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. An actor-network history of landscape practice in Buenos Aires during the period 1900-1950.
New Methods of Practice. Urban Affairs Association Conference 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. I presented the work carried out to that point along the Gowanus Canal as part of the Canal Nest Colony project.
From Architecture to Landscape. Places Journal, October 2014. This article examines the disciplinary and semantic history of the term landscape architecture and proposes the formation of a new normative, = integrated field of landscape science.
Urban Forests as Landscape Artifacts. Scenario Journal 5, April 2014. This article examines the intertwined histories of forestry and urbanism in the Americas and proposes the urban forest as a new landscape type for addressing contemporary issues of public urban space.
Public Landscapes and the Aesthetics of Toxicity. La Tempestad. October 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 for 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 in innovative 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 Desino 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.
On Landscape Ontology: An Interview with Graham Harman. Landscape Archipelago. 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. Landscape Archipelago. 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. Landscape Archipelago. February 2011. Exploring the importance of work and its relation to productive landscapes in China and Chicago.
Urban Industrial Canals: A Field Guide.Issuu. 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. Landscape Archipelago. 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.