The Spoils of Dust: Reinventing the Lake that Made Los
Written by Alexander Robinson, an assistant professor in the Landscape Architecture & Urbanism program in the University of Southern California School of Architecture, the book offers a detailed insight into how a city through meeting dust control requirements inadvertently contributed to the rebirth of the lake’s landscape. Robinson provides the historical and contextual background (including information about the government framework and stakeholders) to explain how Owens Lake became to be a dried out lake bed and then return to its current form as a highly constructed lake and habitat.
The Spoils of Dust is a reminder of how the growth of cities can have impacts on landscape far from the resident’s view. It also provides lessons on how engineers, landscape architects, ecologists, and volunteers can work together to
The book provides numerous lessons for the reader in relation to working with government authorities, stakeholders, mapping, and at the end provides details for machine using a 3D model and sand printing for landscape prototyping. The book is an interesting read supported by numerous images and diagrams that support the text through imagery.
The Spoils of Dust: Reinventing the Lake that Made Los Angeles by Alexander Robinson is available on Amazon for $USD23.29
Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Applied Research & Design (November 15, 2018)
WLA received a review copy of the book from the publisher.
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