Category Archives: Exploration

Changing Landscapes: Industrial to Rural and the Technology that Shapes the Landscape

Through the different areas, we encountered a wide range of landscapes and technology that supported them. The trip began in the highly developed Houston and industrialized Galveston, Texas. Both cities based on a long tradition of oil related prosperity. Galveston

Changing Landscapes: Industrial to Rural and the Technology that Shapes the Landscape

Through the different areas, we encountered a wide range of landscapes and technology that supported them. The trip began in the highly developed Houston and industrialized Galveston, Texas. Both cities based on a long tradition of oil related prosperity. Galveston

1/31: Landscape Communications

Today we had the pleasure of meeting with Robert Byrnes, owner of Nebraska Renewable Energy Systems and off-grid farmer, in Lyons, NE. We had some very animated discussions about energy, past, present, and future. He made the important point that

1/31: Landscape Communications

Today we had the pleasure of meeting with Robert Byrnes, owner of Nebraska Renewable Energy Systems and off-grid farmer, in Lyons, NE. We had some very animated discussions about energy, past, present, and future. He made the important point that

2/1: Foreign Futures

I have spent a lot of time this week and in my posts thinking about technology in the landscape, and where the Keystone Pipeline fits within this dialogue. Is it foreign to this place? Is it dangerous? Will it forever

2/1: Foreign Futures

I have spent a lot of time this week and in my posts thinking about technology in the landscape, and where the Keystone Pipeline fits within this dialogue. Is it foreign to this place? Is it dangerous? Will it forever

1/30: Steele City and the Nebraskan Geology

Steele City, Nebraska, a boom town and strategic location on the Keystone pipeline, had a population of 61 people according to the 2010 US census. The town boomed when the pipeline’s construction brought job opportunities and business that supported the

1/30: Steele City and the Nebraskan Geology

Steele City, Nebraska, a boom town and strategic location on the Keystone pipeline, had a population of 61 people according to the 2010 US census. The town boomed when the pipeline’s construction brought job opportunities and business that supported the

1/31: Nebraskan Landscape and the Self-sufficient Farm

The calm and peaceful Nebraskan landscape where the pipeline is supposed to run under contrasts sharply with the political scene where the issue is hot and contestant.  Driving on the rural highway, passing forests, farmlands, prairies and herds of farm

1/31: Nebraskan Landscape and the Self-sufficient Farm

The calm and peaceful Nebraskan landscape where the pipeline is supposed to run under contrasts sharply with the political scene where the issue is hot and contestant.  Driving on the rural highway, passing forests, farmlands, prairies and herds of farm

Contested Landscape 5.0 River Xing

The river crossing or “Xing” as denoted on official road signage forms one of the most sensitive areas in the Keystone XL pipeline proposal. The danger of environmental damage is real and it’s subsequent effect on agricultural production and rural

Contested Landscape 5.0 River Xing

The river crossing or “Xing” as denoted on official road signage forms one of the most sensitive areas in the Keystone XL pipeline proposal. The danger of environmental damage is real and it’s subsequent effect on agricultural production and rural

Contested Landscape 4.0 The Sand Hills

The Sand Hills In our travels through Lincoln, we met with Robert M. Joeckel, who is a professor and geologist who teaches in the School of Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His main expertise is in sedimentology, and

Contested Landscape 4.0 The Sand Hills

The Sand Hills In our travels through Lincoln, we met with Robert M. Joeckel, who is a professor and geologist who teaches in the School of Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His main expertise is in sedimentology, and

Tyler, Tx

Image of Oil Field near Tyler, Tx (http://www.tylertexasonline.com/joinerville-texas-daisy-bradford.htm) Tyler, TX began it’s growth as a city in 1877 when 21 miles of railroad were laid connecting it to the Pacific Railway, making it a principle railroad center for northeast Texas.

Tyler, Tx

Image of Oil Field near Tyler, Tx (http://www.tylertexasonline.com/joinerville-texas-daisy-bradford.htm) Tyler, TX began it’s growth as a city in 1877 when 21 miles of railroad were laid connecting it to the Pacific Railway, making it a principle railroad center for northeast Texas.

Contested Landscape 3.0 Steele City

Recently brought online, the pump station at Steele City, Nebraska serves as a key part of the delivery point system for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. Currently a pump station serves as an end node of one pipeline which then

Contested Landscape 3.0 Steele City

Recently brought online, the pump station at Steele City, Nebraska serves as a key part of the delivery point system for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. Currently a pump station serves as an end node of one pipeline which then

Cushing: Pipeline Crossroads of the World

Cushing Town Sign: Proud of their pipelines Little Street and Texaco Ave.: Storage Facilities Storage Tank Yard: Several Companies have storage units here, not just Trans Canada. We were approached by two people asking us what we were doing but

Cushing: Pipeline Crossroads of the World

Cushing Town Sign: Proud of their pipelines Little Street and Texaco Ave.: Storage Facilities Storage Tank Yard: Several Companies have storage units here, not just Trans Canada. We were approached by two people asking us what we were doing but

Contested Landscape 2.0 Small Town America

The Logic of Small Town America This is a cursory introduction to the logic of the American small town. In such small communities, community and relationships between residents are highly valued. Public Spaces The courthouse, town-hall, schools, post offices and

Contested Landscape 2.0 Small Town America

The Logic of Small Town America This is a cursory introduction to the logic of the American small town. In such small communities, community and relationships between residents are highly valued. Public Spaces The courthouse, town-hall, schools, post offices and

The Grapes of Renewable Waste Stream

The town of Lyons in itself seems nothing out of the ordinary and seems like every other rural town except for one key person; Robert Byrnes. On January 31st, 2014, our studio visited Robert Byrnes, the owner of Nebraska Renewable

The Grapes of Renewable Waste Stream

The town of Lyons in itself seems nothing out of the ordinary and seems like every other rural town except for one key person; Robert Byrnes. On January 31st, 2014, our studio visited Robert Byrnes, the owner of Nebraska Renewable

TransCanada Pump Station (Stanton, Nebraska)

The TransCanada operated and built pump station near Stanton, Nebraska hums in a silent landscape, which seems to be mostly unoccupied. According to the TransCanada website, pump stations are remotely started and secured, and in the event of a spill,

TransCanada Pump Station (Stanton, Nebraska)

The TransCanada operated and built pump station near Stanton, Nebraska hums in a silent landscape, which seems to be mostly unoccupied. According to the TransCanada website, pump stations are remotely started and secured, and in the event of a spill,