- Natalie Hemlick, B.Arch. 2017
ClassARCH 5902 Design X: Thesis
Visiting Critic Ryan Ludwig
Cultivating Landscape addresses the emerging ecological and cultural implications of the Great Plains' 200-year transformation from semi-arid prairie to artificially lush cropland. Prolonged use of industrial agriculture methods have left farming communities disconnected from and in conflict with natural processes. Due to climate change and the imminent depletion of the Ogallala Aquifer, this territory is confronted with acute water shortage, forcing land use practices to change drastically. Using cartographic methods, this thesis envisions a system of flexible practices and devices that foster an ethic of stewardship. The project imagines the re-adaptation of social and economic rhythms to the intrinsic conditions of the Great Plains environment, cultivating a resilient landscape.