aug 16, 2011
The New York Harbor Osprey Initiative
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aug 4, 2011
SCAPE featured in KERB
Kerb 19 / RMIT University
Paradigms of Nature: Post Natural Futures
aug 3, 2011
Austin Nichols Warehouse named 2011 Building Brooklyn Awards winner
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aug 2, 2011
Check out BPCCC in construction
Landscape portion of Battery Park City Community Center is under construction now !READ MORE
Petrochemical America, forthcoming
jan 30, 2012
SCAPE teamed up with photographer Richard Misrach to produce the unprecedented book, Petrochemical America, soon to be released by the Aperture Foundation. The book is now available for pre-order from Amazon.
Richard Misrach and Kate Orff, Petrochemical America. New York, Aperture: 2012
The book features Richard Misrach’s haunting photographic record of Louisiana’s Chemical Corridor, accompanied by landscape architect Kate Orff’s Ecological Atlas—a series of 'throughlines,' speculative drawings developed through research and mapping of data from the region. Their joint effort depicts and unpacks the complex cultural, physical, and economic ecologies along 150 miles of the Mississippi River from Baton Rouge to New Orleans, an area of intense chemical production that first garnered public attention as 'Cancer Alley' when unusual occurrences of cancer were discovered in the region.
This collaboration has resulted in a multilayered document presenting a unique narrative of visual information. Petrochemical America offers in-depth analysis of the causes of decades of environmental abuse along the largest river system in North America. Even more critically, the project offers an extensively researched guidebook to the way in which the petrochemical industry has permeated every facet of contemporary life. What is revealed over the course of the book is that Cancer Alley—although complicated by its own regional histories and particularities—may well be an apt metaphor for the global impact of petrochemicals on the human landscape as a whole.