DredgeFest Louisiana is a symposium, field expedition, and speculative design workshop about the human manipulation of sediments, from the infrastructural constraint of the Mississippi River at a continental scale to bright orange erosion control fences bulging with wet mud in a spring downpour on a suburban construction site.
$22 Symposium Only
$53 Symposium + Tour Package Deal (save extra $7)
$265 Workshop Package (includes symposium, tour, and workshops)
$38 Tour Only (change date in drop-down menu above to Friday, January 17)
THE SYMPOSIUM | NEW ORLEANS, LA
Danna Student Center, Loyola University
Saturday, January 11-Sunday, January 12, 2014
An encounter between government agencies, designers, theorists, academics, corporate practitioners, industry experts, students, and the public. The symposium will be followed by an advance screening of "The Fluid and the Solid", a documentary film by Ben Mendelsohn and Alex Chohlas-Wood about dredging, the Anthropocene, and the exponential rise of human earth moving.
Detail about the topics covered in the symposium can be found below; further detail about confirmed participants and topics can be found on our website, http://dredgeresearchcollaborative.org/.
THE WORKSHOPS | BATON ROUGE, LA
Louisana State University
Monday, January 13-Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Speculative design workshops conducted in partnership with the Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture at Louisiana State University. Internationally-renowned designers including Case Brown (P-REX), Alexander Robinson (University of Southern California), Bradley Cantrell (LSU), Jeff Carney (LSU), Richard Hindle (LSU), David Merlin (Tulane), and Justine Holzman (LSU) will join the Dredge Research Collaborative to lead these fast-paced, intensive workshops. Workshops will begin (Monday, January 13) with a guided landscape tour of infrastructural monuments, flood control monoliths, massively-scaled industrial facilities, and aqueous terrain on River Road between New Orleans and Old River Control, just north of Baton Rouge, followed by two days of design, production, and discussion hosted by the RRSLA in Baton Rouge.
THE TOUR | NEW ORLEANS, LA
Departing from downtown New Orleans
Friday, January 17, 2014
Guided bus tour of landscapes of dredge in the lower Mississippi River Delta, leaving from and returning to New Orleans. (Exact departure location will be confirmed via email to ticket holders.) Approximately five hours, including about two hours of driving time as well as on-site land use interpretation and exploration. Narrated by the Dredge Research Collaborative and Scott Eustis, Coastal Wetland Specialist for the Gulf Restoration Network and Public Lab community organizer.
DredgeFest begins with dredging, the linear industrial activity of uplifting sediments and transporting them to new locations. But DredgeFest is about much more than dredging. We believe that dredging is a key component of a much wider cycle of human practices that accelerate, decelerate, transport, and materially alter sediments. We are interested in how the full range of technologies, practices, and organizations operating within that wider cycle collectively alters sedimentary balances, both eroding and generating landscapes.
DredgeFest will investigate topics such as dredging methods, sea-level rise, the beneficial uses of dredged material, habitat restoration, marsh terracing, land loss, barrier island reconstruction, invasive species, revetments, spillways, floods, hurricanes, river flow models, advanced geotextiles, landscape robotics, novel ecosystems, feedback cycles, and turbidity curtains. We are curious about the instruments of public participation within the dredge cycle: grassroots organizations, volunteer efforts, environmental health and justice, the political economy of dredge. We are interested in the choreography of sediment along the length of the Mississippi, from Corn Belt farms to the Gulf of Mexico.
Sediment is foundational to Louisiana, playing a more obviously active role in the lives of Louisianans than in the lives of any other American state. We're excited to hold DredgeFest in Louisiana because we believe Louisiana is living in the future: experiencing the aggregate consequences of human activities for coastal regions sooner and faster than perhaps any other part of the nation, and experimenting with the tools, methods, and practices that will be required to cope with those consequences. We think that more people should be aware of these things, so we are putting on a festival, open to the public.
Danna Student Center, Loyola University
6363 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70118