Fracture, Gather and Generate
“Fracture, Gather and Generate: Signifying Risk and Value in the Fractured Landscapes of North Dakota” is a project that challenges traditional boundaries of landscape architecture, bridging art, activism and radical revelation of threats to that which is intrinsically valuable. The scale of the project is boundless and seeks to solve the problem of passive acceptance of extreme extraction. Beyond conventional education and ecological regeneration, this project aims to create a culture of awareness and inquiry, both for local residents of North Dakota and tourists.
Revealing what is invisible below ground (one- to two-mile long horizontal frack lines), the proposed design tells the story of extreme fossil fuel extraction in contemporary North Dakota, asking what of intrinsic cultural and ecological value is being sacrificed for relatively short-term economic gain.
Although this study and the proposed design occur in North Dakota, the framework and application could occur anywhere extreme extraction exists, including New Mexico, Texas, Pennsylvania, Louisiana, California, Canada and beyond.