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Stevensson, Linn, 2015. From the arid ground up : in Search of water constructions in the Salton Sea Area. Second cycle, A2E. Alnarp: SLU, Dept. of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management (from 130101)



This thesis explores constructed water landscapes and the
attitudes creating them in the Salton Sea area, which is
located in the converge of the Mojave and the Sonoran
Deserts in southeast California. With the focus on water
constructions the thesis embraces the method of the
Deviant Transect, under development by the landscape
architect researchers Gini Lee and Lisa Diedrich, with
Ellen Braae. The method aims at enabling designers to
capture qualities that can only be perceived on site, such
as dynamics, relationships and atmospheres, in order to
support site-specific transformation of sites.
This thesis challenges Antropocentrism, inspired by
writings of Dirk Sijmons (2014) and Saskia Sassen (2014).
Amongst others, Carol J. Burns and Andrea Kahn’s (2005)
theories on site and site specificity, are studied, along
with literature on grass root movements and societal
change suggested by Grace Lee Boggs (2011) .
This work examines water constructions in the Salton
Sea area, acknowledging them in two ways: as land
colonization with themes such as water systems, industrial
scaled farming, and sub-urban settlements, and as oppositions
to conventional land use practices, with themes
of the desert as a garden, local food, and the culture of
mobile homes.
The resulting findings are the basis for a design proposal
that acknowledges what is already in place by introducing
a network of test sites. The aim is to use landscape
architectural skills in order to engage in a speculative
form of regional design, enabling visionary organizing
rather than providing finished blueprints.

Main title:From the arid ground up
Subtitle:in Search of water constructions in the Salton Sea Area
Authors:Stevensson, Linn
Supervisor:Diedrich, Lisa
Examiner:Kahn, Andrea and Dahl, Caroline
Volume/Sequential designation:UNSPECIFIED
Year of Publication:2015
Level and depth descriptor:Second cycle, A2E
Student's programme affiliation:NY004 Landscape Architecture Programme, Ultuna 300 HEC
Supervising department:(LTJ, LTV) > Dept. of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management (from 130101)
Keywords:Anthropocene, dry land design, land use, site, systemic change, deviant transect, transformation, visionary organizing
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Subject. Use of subject categories until 2023-04-30.:Landscape architecture
Deposited On:23 Sep 2015 15:33
Metadata Last Modified:23 Sep 2015 15:33

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