This exhibition by Dredge Research Collaborative features a sample of a body of work created to illuminate the profound implications of dredge for the design, planning, and management of Great Lakes landscapes. Dredging is the mechanized uplift of silt and sediments. Through a variety of industrial devices and coalitions of actors, muddy material is extracted and transported to new locations. It is used to clear waterways, dig channels, clean polluted riverbeds, and change the course of rivers. Dredging is a key component of a much wider cycle of human practices that accelerate, decelerate, transport, and materially alter sediments.
Though often treated as an engineering practice, the Dredge Research Collaborative believes that dredging and the dredge cycle are fundamental to place-making and the practice of design, tied into networks of obstruction and flow whose scales can be measured in both feet and continents. The team places this system in the wider context of its examination of the landscapes of silt and sediment on the four coasts of the continental United States. These sites align with other DredgeFest events, past and future.
The Dredge Research Collaborative is a team of landscape architects, designers, and writers investigating human sediment handling practices through publications, the DredgeFest event series, and various other projects. The team is joined by a wider, looser network of partners and collaborators. Find out more at www.dredgeresearchcollaborative.org.
Brett Milligan, a core member of the Dredge Research Collaborative and assistant professor of landscape architecture at UC-Davis, will deliver a Public Lecture Series talk at 6:30p November 9. Earlier that day, he will lead an informal conversation about the exhibition, which will begin at 1:30p in the hallway of Givens.