Migrating Infrastructures of the Klamath River: Past, Present, and Speculative Futures
4 West Burton Place
Chicago, Illinois 60610
The design of water infrastructure is changing in the Western region of the United States. The removal of large-scale dams has been proposed and implemented in this region to restore degraded rivers and biophysical systems. Yet at the time, similarly aging infrastructure is being retrofitted and made ever more hybridized and complex to achieve the same goals. These diverse transformations from static, uni-functional systems to dynamic living processes are latent with regenerative design possibilities. The contested and hydro-modified landscapes of the Klamath River, where both design trajectories are in process, provide a poignant and timely location in which to research these emergent transformations. Through historic documentation, extensive field work, data mapping, and applied design scenarios, an integrative analysis and visualization of what the Klamath River used to be, the constructed nature of what it is now, and the design possibilities for its future reclamation are being investigated.
Brett Milligan is a practitioner, researcher, and educator in the allied fields of landscape architecture and urbanism. He is the creative director and primary author of Free Association Design (F.A.D.). Currently based in Portland, he teaches design courses in both the School of Landscape Architecture and the Department of Architecture at the University of Oregon, and in 2008 was as a visiting scholar at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. Milligan's design practice is situated at the intersection of applied ecological theory, infrastructure, and the design of regenerative water systems. His design work has received multiple awards and has been exhibited internationally. His research has been published in MONU: Magazine on Urbanism, the Journal of Landscape Architecture, and Landscape Architecture Magazine. His essays have most recently been included in Bracket [Goes Soft], The People's Apocalypse, and Making the Geologic Now.
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