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ASLANY: Silt Sand Slurry: Dredging, Sediment, and the Worlds We Are Making


Monday, July 22, 2024 @ 6:00 pm EDT
Monday, July 22, 2024 @ 8:00 pm EDT


Center for Architecture
536 LaGuardia Pl, New York, NY 10012




Start: Monday, July 22, 2024 @ 6:00 pm EDT
End: Monday, July 22, 2024 @ 8:00 pm EDT



‘Silt Sand Slurry: Dredging, Sediment, and the Worlds We Are Making’ is a visually rich introduction into where, why, and how sediment is central to the future of America’s coasts. Sediment is an unseen infrastructure that shapes and enables modern life. Anthropogenic action now moves more sediment annually than ‘natural’ geologic processes—yet this global reshaping of the earth’s surface is rarely-discussed and poorly-understood.

At this event, Gena Wirth, Brett Milligan, and Rob Holmes of the Dredge Research Collaborative will share recent research and geographic explorations into the world of sediment design, demonstrating why sediment matters now more than ever, given our contemporary context of sea level rise, environmental change, and spatial inequality. They will share case studies on how designers, particularly landscape architects, can work with this material to enact positive change in this engineering-dominated world.

1.25 LACES CEUs (approved)

Gena Wirth is Design Principal and Partner at SCAPE. She works with cities, community advocates and landowners to reveal the immense ecological and cultural potential of public landscapes. As Design Principal, Gena translates research into practice, leading the design and implementation of complex, multi-stakeholder landscapes—including public and private waterfronts, regional trail systems, parks, plazas and climate adaptation plans. Within SCAPE, Gena leads firm-wide design standards, ensuring excellence from concept through construction, and serves as Principal-in-Charge for a wide range of projects across the U.S. spanning typologies and scales. Gena is also a tenacious advocate for ecological systems design across the design fields—both as a member of the Dredge Research Collaborative and through past teaching positions at Harvard, Columbia, Syracuse and Rutgers.

Rob Holmes is an associate professor of landscape architecture at Auburn University and co-founder of the Dredge Research Collaborative. At Auburn, he chairs the undergraduate landscape architecture program, runs the Landscape Infrastructure Design Lab, and is currently organizing an interdisciplinary Gulf Adaptation Design Studio, funded by the National Academies’ Gulf Research Program. With the DRC, he co-organized the DredgeFest event series, participated in the Resilient By Design Bay Area Challenge as part of the Public Sediment team, and, since 2017, has helped lead the EWN+LA Design Research Initiative for the US Army Corps of Engineers’ Engineering With Nature program.

Brett Milligan is professor of landscape architecture at the University of California, Davis is and a founding member of the Dredge Research Collaborative. At UC Davis, he is the director of the Metamorphic Landscapes Lab, dedicated to advancing multi-benefit adaptations to accelerated landscape change through design research. Much of his work is based in California, reworking colonial legacies of land reclamation, water infrastructure and fire suppression. Recent projects include Public Sediment/Unlock Alameda Creek for the Bay Area Resilient by Design CompetitionFranks Tract FuturesDelta Island Adaptations, and is currently leading Just Transitions in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta: Drought, Sea-Level Rise and Salinity, funded by University of California’s Multicampus Research Programs and Initiatives grant. He is also the co-author of the book, Design by Fire: Resistance, Co-Creation and Retreat in the Pyrocene.

Program will be followed by a reception and book signing



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