The Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning announces the 2017 Thomas Church Memorial Design competition award winners. The awards have gone to:
- First place: Starve the Black Snake by David Koo, Dining Liu and Yang Liu;
- Second place: Pop-Up Pipeline by Maryell Abella, Danielle Chan and Andrew Saephan; and
- Third place: Amplify by Faranak Khas Ahmadi, Natali Ovalles and Myra Messner.
The review committee for this year's awards included: Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning Assistant Professor Richard Hindle, Assistant Professor Danika Cooper, and Associate Professor Karl Kullmann. We would like to thank all 7 teams for their thoughtful ideas and hard work. The jurors were impressed with the overall quality of the work submitted.
The theme of the competition was: Sites of Protest: spatial strategies for resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline. The committee was seeking landscape, architectural, and planning strategies for protest and resistance to the planned Dakota Access Pipeline. No specific sites or scales were implied, yet the solution needed to employ the tools of spatial design to transform the physical, virtual, or political, ‘landscape’, associated with progress and completion of the pipeline. Speculative and implementable proposals from multi-disciplinary teams were encouraged. The judges evaluated proposals based on the effective use of spatial design as a strategy for political, environmental, and cultural resistance.
Winning project summaries and video links are listed below:
Starve the Black Snake
The Sioux tribe refers to the Dakota Access Pipeline( DAPL) as the Black Snake, a reference to an ancient Sioux prophecy of a giant black nnake moving across the landscape. It was foretold that if it burrrowed into the earth the world would soon come to an end. This metaphor and imagery was used to inspired the Water Protectors as well as our design proposal which is to Starve the Black Snake.
#PopUp Pipeline is a social movement that aims to activate major cities as epicenters of demonstration in a nationwide Day of Protest. This is achieved by bringing the pipeline above ground in order to make infrastructure visible, causing people to confront the turmoil of the issue. While there have been many protests at the proposed site for the pipeline in North Dakota, there is a clear geographical divide that has isolated the movement. However, social media has provided the means to close the geographical gap, engaging the public and amplifying concerns over the pipeline. The social media platform dramatically increases the degree to which an audience can be reached. People are encouraged to engage with the protest by constructing their own “PopUp Pipeline” and activating local spaces. This is an accessible and approachable action to those who are unable to join the central site of protest.
Today’s DAPL protests pit citizens against militarized police. Little media attention focuses on the long odds protesters face in keeping the risk of oil spills out of their water. We say: AMPLIFY the protest. AMPLIFY the protest with wind energy, using structures to shelter protesters and create corridors of sound to uplift their voices. AMPLIFY the protest with monumental art, calling attention to individual battles that have implications beyond their immediate surroundings. AMPLIFY will continue sounding the protest even when protesters aren’t there. The four-cornered noise panels set upon columns open and shift, creating a symphony of sound. Fabric panels can be stretched along the frame following four different typologies. Protesters can configure the structures differently according to the idiosyncrasies of the location.
About the competition:
Thomas Church was the foremost landscape architect of early modernism in the San Francisco Bay Area. Like other landscape architects of his time he provided visionary leadership in stewarding the entire region and shaping individual sites. With both Asian and European influences, Church created an original California style that distinctively integrated the building and landscape as one. He satisfied a modern desire for utility while capturing the sensual in nature. This competition honors his memory. To learn more about Thomas Church, visit the CED Archives online.