Burtynsky_Belridge_1The contested landscape contains its own logics we have yet to discover.

Working individually, students will develop a personal, intuitive, and actionable approach to design by proposing an ‘inhabited machine’ for ‘mining’ the contested landscape. The site for the proposal must be within or adjacent to the easement of the Keystone XL pipeline. Students are free to choose a specific site along the pipeline’s length (using precise geospatial data from Google Earth), or work with a generic site based on common features.

Research and engage an emerging landscape observation technology (LiDAR, muon detectors, radiospectography, subterranean radar, UAV (drone) surveys and response mechanisms, intelligent geotextiles, or others.) in your design. Propose and accommodate productive interactions between landscape, technology, and human on site that foster understanding of the pipeline territory.


Methods of sensorial (visual, tactile, auditory, kinetic), and intellectual discovery

Methods of data gathering, display, and dissemination

Kinetic, responsive, and mobile structures

Portable and personal measuring devices

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