Picturesque Prairies | MArch Thesis

Picturesque Prairies: Productive Preservation on a Petroleum Planet

Advisors Joel Lamere,Roi Salgueiro Barrio, Pierre Belanger


Located in the great plains of the United States, this project describes a prairie utopia that is composed of an assemblage of bison, fracking engines and mankind as equal shareholders. Unlike the contemporary discourse of discretized land-use policies and the seemingly conflicting agendas of the actors, the prairie describes a utopia where the material processes and seasonal cycles of the actors are merged, intertwined and entangled into one another.