Edra45 New Orleans Track 03: Mapping Change
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How can research enable designers, policymakers, artists, theoreticians, philosophers, writers, scientists, and others to develop innovative ways of accepting, absorbing, and reacting to change in the built environment? Does change present us with opportunities?

 

Track Chairs: Jeffrey Carney and Kristi Cheramie 

 

Keywords: change as catalyst, adaptation, reflection and speculation

EDRA45: Building with Change asks what we can gain by building a more robust relationship between the inhabited and natural environment. As a research community we seek to build a body of knowledge, a combination of design and research that elevates the inhabitable environment to something that is not only beautiful or merely functional but that also adapts to the complex needs of an ever-changing landscape.

How can research enable designers, policymakers, artists, theoreticians, philosophers, writers, scientists, activists and others to develop innovative ways of accepting, absorbing, and reacting to change in the built environment? Does change present us with design opportunities? Can building with change, in fact, provide op¬portunity for even greater environmental, social, and economic health and stability?

Submissions within this track should consider how change in its many, sometimes terrifying manifestations, can actually be an “enabler”. Can change be redefined, not as a threat, but as a means to achieve desired outcomes? What ongoing or new research supports the potential behind change? Submissions could challenge the nature of change, could redefine it, could speculate on its potential to achieve a new kind of world.

During the review process the jury may choose to elevate one person or team of submitters to the level of track chair. Also, it is possible that the jury will find compelling reason to place submission into one of the other 11 tracks.

 

About the Track Chairs:

Jeff (AICP) is an associate professor of architecture at Louisiana State University and director of the Coastal Sustainability Studio (CSS). Jeff's work in Louisiana has centered on trans-disciplinary efforts to plan and design in the dynamic Gulf Coast Environment. The CSS offers design solutions to the most complex social, environmental, and economic problems facing our communities. Jeff has been integrally involved with numerous projects, including a series of recovery strategies for the Lower 9th Ward in New Orleans, and a study of future growth along Bayou Lafourche based on the historical lessons of the Louisiana Long Lot system. Currently, Jeff is directing a multiyear project called the Louisiana Resiliency Assistance Program.

Kristi is an associate professor at Ohio State University and chair of undergraduate studies in landscape architecture at the Knowlton School of Architecture. Her teaching and research draw on space-embodied studies of place, with particular emphasis on tracking patterns of adaptability and transformation in vernacular building traditions. Kristi’s research has led to numerous awards and fellowships, including the J. K. Branner Traveling Fellowship in support of her master’s thesis at the University of California, Berkeley and EDRA Place Research Awards in 2008 and 2011 for work on rural landscapes in Central California and Coastal Louisiana. In 2011, she, along with colleagues in architecture and history, received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to document Lafourche Parish, a coastal landscape compromised by land loss, sea level rise and competing industrial interests. The project uses mapping, archival research, ethnography, and field collection to speak to the complex cultural, environmental and spatial relationships that define a community caught between land and water. A speculative extension of this work was awarded Grand Prize in the 2013 d3 Unbuilt Visions Competition. Kristi’s current research focuses on Mississippi River flood management projects completed by the Army Corps of Engineers during the mid-20th century, especially the often bizarre and overlooked landscape byproducts these endeavors left behind. 

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