Nature + Culture + Infrastructure Memphis, TN, 2004

Luoni Gold Design Studio ……………… Steve Luoni ………………………………. Martin Gold

 

Littoral Ecologies blurs the distinctions between nature and culture characteristic of modern processes that have civilized the Mississippi River. Since the War Department of the Army Corp of Engineers took over administration of river work in 1824, modern command-and-control infrastructure has been deployed to maximize the river’s navigability. The river became a logistics project managed through a landscape of levees, revetments, cutoffs, gates, floodways, jetties, and locks serving industrial interests. Entire riparian ecologies, particularly the alluvial meanders south of Memphis, were reconfigured or eliminated to accelerate the movement of water, silt, and ships to the Gulf. Littoral Ecologies proposes a more responsive infrastructure that engages the river’s dynamic ecology while multiplying the waterfront’s economical and ecological productivity.