Infrastructural Ecologies

Seminar, Harvard GSD, Fall 2012

Starting in 1913 the City of Los Angeles began diverting water from the rivers and streams that served as the primary source for the Los Angeles Aqueduct. Owens Lake is now the largest source of dust pollution in the country and the once thriving agriculture industry is no longer viable. This project proposes to utilize the network of wind and temperature sensors currently in place on the lake bed to inform a network of water misters. When the wind velocity and temperature increases to a certain level, the water devices are automatically turned on. Rather than using the current system of constant shallow flooding, the new network of water misters allows vegetation to re-establish as a means to control the dust pollution.

Instructor: Chris Reed

Tools: Arduino, Firefly, Grasshopper, Illustrator, Photoshop