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Liz Van Dyke


Landscape Architecture
EOI 2023 ++
  1. A Greenhouse + Market Hall: Barnes’ Barns in the Grid of Des Moines
  2. The Landscape of Wind: Synthetic & Natural Energy Flows
  3. Dreamscapes of Aurora: Geothermal Landscapes of Energy and Rejuvenation

  4. The Ruinous Edge: Urban Assemblages and Frameworks
  5. Do-Nothing Landforms
  6. Pleistocene Park
  7. Mapping & Representation

Architecture Design
EOI 2020 ++
  1. The Production of Doubt: A Monolithic Tower in New York City
  2. Illusion Relief
  3. Shifted Landscapes
  4. Running of the Rooms
  5. Mandelbulb
  6. Oblique
  7. Illumination
  8. Upside Down Hospital

Writings / Exhibitions
EOI 2023 ++
  1. GSD Kirkland Gallery 
  2. Architectural Performance Through Duchamp’s Large Glass
  3. Dynamic Raumplan
  4. On Abstraction and Dissolving Anatomical Forms

Object Int’l —
  1. Architecture is a perfect metaphor, an allegory in volume. When placed its sculptural limits beget a kind of artistic proposition — and when considered with reduced anthropomorphism and ungeologically — produce a ready-made analog to the causation and bounds of our attempts at the understanding of all things.


3. Pleistocene Park


PL / 2021
From Pleistocene Park: Climate By Design

             Pleistocene Park is a project in northeastern Siberia, Russia. As an experiment in ecosystem restoration aims to re-create the northern subarctic steppe grassland ecosystem and is being led by Russian scientists Sergey Zimov and Nikita Zimov. It is predicated on the premise that megafauna of the Pleistocene are vital to maintaining permafrost, and restoration of these mammals has the potential to slow thawing and as a result, stop carbon from being released into the atmosphere. 

Permafrost is any ground that is completely frozen-- 32°F (0°C) or colder and is a major carbon source. The Siberian permafrost (the frozen layer of Earth’s crust) has begun to melt and if it is oxidized through microbes, 3.4 trillion of tons of CO2 will be released into the atmosphere. The scientists believe that restoring the ecosystem of the “mammoth steppes” could help slow this shift. This change from the tundra to grassland will result in a raised ratio of energy emission to energy absorption of the area, leading to less thawing of permafrost and thereby less emission of greenhouse gases. 

The hypothesis the project makes is that overhunting, and not climate change, was primarily responsible for the extinction of wildlife and the disappearance of the grasslands at the end of the Pleistocene epoch. The other tenant of the project is to create a genetic hybrid of the wooly mammoth as a keystone species in this restoration. The funding was raised by the new genetics and bioscience company Collasal, co-founded by Harvard Medical School Professor of Genetics, George Church, and tech entrepreneur Ben Lamm. 



Ecological Transformations Driven by Melt. 

Active Layers
Expo Out of Use

Elevation among an artificial landscape.