Landscape Migration: Pulses, Shortfalls and Trajectories

A lecture at Washington University, by Brett Milligan


[Once a dynamic inland sea of tidal wetlands, the California Delta was reclaimed by dredging and the construction of a network of levees (orange). Due to this infrastructure, these landscapes have since subsided up to 25 feet below sea level (darkest green). Data generated by 2008 Lidar from the CA Dept. of Water Resources. Map by Brett Milligan.]

This lecture by Brett Milligan at the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis took place in November, 2015. It discussed previous insights and lessons on dredge landscapes developed by the DRC and showcased the issues and trajectories of landscape research related to the California Bay-Delta. This research proposes that understanding landscapes as a set of dynamic relations that migrate through space and time offers a conceptual and technical opportunity to rethink current approaches related to infrastructure design and sediment management in the Bay-Delta.