Auditorium De Molen
Alexander Robinson presents how designing multi-purpose landscape infrastructures requires an "instrumental reconciliation" and a re-consideration of their unique place-making attributes. He will discuss his on-going research on regional Los Angeles infrastructures, including the Owens Lake Dust Control Project and the Los Angeles River, and specifically his efforts in developing rigorous multi-disciplinary interfaces for their design. This work, conducted through his Landscape Morphologies Lab, includes the development of advanced physical modeling, custom software systems, and examinations of infrastructural experience and place. He proposes that we can improve our relationship with landscape infrastructures as much by re-making our engagement with the tools and metricized practices that shape them as appreciating the new kinds of places their forms engender.