Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture


LA 4008 Advanced Topics Studio: Agri>Coastal

Using a telescopic approach to research and design, the aim of the Agri>Coastal studio was to develop scenarios, typologies, and generative spatial principals to restore nutrient balance in the Mississippi River Basin. Every summer, hypoxia threatens the economic and ecological vitality of the northern Gulf of Mexico, the nation’s largest and most productive fishery. Excessive nutrients, primarily from agricultural inputs, flow from the Mississippi-Atchafalaya River Basin into the northern Gulf of Mexico, where they deplete oxygen levels and cause seasonal “dead zones.” By linking upland agricultural systems to coastal hydrologies and ecologies, this course developed a new framework for nutrient cycling in the Mississippi River Basin.

Using data supplied by the LSU School of the Coast & Environment and the LSU AgCenter, students researched nutrient and hydrological systems, diagrammed and mapped site-related real-time data, researched nascent technologies, and proposed speculative regional landscape scenarios. The studio engaged a range of sites throughout the Mississippi-Atchafalaya River Basin and the northern Gulf of Mexico. Students developed spatial literacy and built proficiency in multiple modes of representation including orthographic, axonometric, perspective projection, and physical models. Students honed an iterative working method, translating concept into spatial form; responded effectively to critical feedback; and engaged a culture of critical yet productive peer review.

The Meat Movement

Regenerating the great plains, reducing the dead zone, and reforming the corn industry with a modern twist on historic cattle drives
Greg Dahlke and Abram Eberson


Rebuilding a Matrix of Marine Habitat on Oil Rigs
Ran Liu and Shaoli Gan