sep 12, 2012
We Have Moved!
SCAPE is now firmly ensconced in our new location!READ MORE
apr 26, 2012 / 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Can oysters save New York harbor?
'Oyster-tecture' in the Big Apple: Could it clean up New York Harbor?READ MORE
apr 24, 2012 / 6:30 PM
Elena on Building Sustainable Communities
Tuesday, April 24 / 6:30PM
The Horticultural Society of New York
apr 24, 2012
ASLA Reviews Gateway
Gateway: Visions for an Urban National Park is featured by the ASLA in The Dirt.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.