Empire of Salt

This series is a meditation of the products from the Salton Sea drainage basin in Southern California, through the lens of 17th Century Dutch Still Life painting.  The objects in this series were collected around the Salton Sea.  This lake was created in 1905 by the folly of men to harness the Colorado River to […]

Dusted

“The natural elements of prosperity seem concentrated in profusion seldom found. In our primitive simplicity we reasoned that if we could take ores from the mountains and reduce them to gold and silver with which to pay for labor and purchase the productions of the valleys, a community could be established in the country independent […]

AFTER THE WATER

At the confluence of the Rillito, Pantano and Tanque Verde Creeks water once flowed perennially. The river channels were lined by a continuous oasis of trees containing great strands of mesquite, sometimes reaching 60 feet in height and trunks a foot and a half in diameter, intermingled with cottonwoods, elderberry, hackberry, walnut and ash. The […]

THE LIVING LINE

This project -The Living Line explores the interrelationship between natural and human processes of Tempe Town Lake, which is an urban landscape formed by the intersection of natural and human orders.This project is the understanding and noticing how human’s behavior and city’s development affecting the lake and the lives around it through a landscape architecture […]

OAK FLAT

A landscape has as many layers of potential use as it does layers of geological strata, and often the only time we as a society question the value of a landscape is when it is under the threat of exploitation. When these threats bubble up the many cultures connected to the landscape are pushed to […]

LAST VIEW

The border between the United States and Mexico is a point of contention across media outlets, politicians, and American citizens. In general, border issues are spoken of as being black and white. From this perspective, there is only right and wrong no matter the circumstances and no one should cross the border into the U.S. […]

CANAL MAPPING: FINDING PUBLIC SPACE

The canal network that flows through Phoenix, the basis for the metropolis itself, offers the city a chance to sustain green neighborhoods in the interior of the city, agriculture at its periphery and perhaps a place for public life and space in the future. Looking back, the canal banks, lined by Cottonwood trees, were places […]

CARROTS AND COMMUNITY

There are many community gardens in the Phoenix area. They are all used to grow food but they each one is unique. Some provide recreational space for a specific population, while some are used to grow as much food as possible to help those who do not have to eat. The physical garden spaces vary […]

PLINKING

Traveling north on Route 87 the views of Tonto National Forest appear pristine and beautiful. Towering saguaros pepper a land that seems to go on endlessly. It wasn’t until I ventured off of the highway onto one of the many dirt roads intersecting Tonto that the pristine landscape revealed a different truth. Gunshots can be […]

THE BUFFER ZONE

What happens in the landscape beyond the edge of human structure, where the wild and the controlled collide? In this place, we are removed from the order of the urban, but we are not yet surrounded by the wilderness. This place in-between is The Buffer Zone. The Buffer Zone is just beyond the ever-expanding sprawl […]