DRYLANDS DESIGN: CONSTRUCTING INDIGENEITY
Hadley and Peter Arnold, Architects and Founders of the Arid Lands Institute will present a slide lecture on contemporary design in dry lands, particularly the US West.
The lecture draws on themes emerging from the 2012 Drylands Design exhibition at the Los Angeles Art and Design Museum, curated by the Arnolds. Beginning as a competition sponsored by the California Architectural Foundation, the AIA and Arid Lands Institute, Drylands Design sought long-term design strategies that would project new futures for the arid American West. The competition brief asked designers to propose projects that would reduce water scarcity, hydrologic variability, energy consumption and social inequity through landscape, architecture, infrastructure and urbanism.
Nine graduate students working with Ellen Neises PennDesign Lecturer in Landscape Architecture, submitted entries to the competition. The curators included 6 students' projects in the exhibition. Meghan Storm, MLA'12 won a Research Award of $10,000 for her entry, which was also recently awarded a 2012 ASLA Honor Award in the Analysis and Planning Category. Rebecca Lederer, MLA'12 received the student Honor Award and $2,500. Robert Lamb, MArch/MCP '04, working independently, claimed a $10,000 Research Award.