Landing Studio: It Still Takes 12 Days

By Rahul Ghera | Nov 18, 2015

Recently Landing Studio earned the Architectural League Prize 2015, along with the Design Biennial Boston 2015. Dan Adams and Marie Law Adams are the founding partners of Landing Studio, an architecture, design, and research practice whose work negotiates the intersection of large scale global infrastructure with urban environments. Since 2005, Landing Studio has developed projects with port facilities and transit infrastructure entities in Boston and New York by designing shared industrial and public access landscapes, light installations, festivals, exhibitions, tours, and industrial/community operations agreements.

The exhibition by Landing Studio “focuses on two moments in global industrial production: the translation of natural processes into industry and the intersection of industry and the city.” In Landing studio’s lecture, they question Ghandi’s act of picking up salt as a fundamental natural right we have, as humans, or as an industrialization of a landscape, at an urban scale. The exhibition boldly addresses the act of salt mining by representing its global voyage through urban installations constructed of reclaimed matter.

The firms research heavily investigates the movement of salt along with the arteries involved with the salt mining process. Logging down the amount necessary for salting roads, the amount extracted from salt water, along with the largest transport to cities around the world. The life cycle of salt seems to be a large research factor. As salt is deposited from the evaporation of water, it is “captured” and harvested, an industrial process, which transports the salt around the world as we apply it under different uses. The salt then infuses within its new environment, re-emerging as water evaporates again.

“The ‘Rock Chapel Marine’ combines an upgraded salt dock with a public access landscape… for a new type of integrated landscape that supports both industrial operation and public recreation in the Boston Harbor.” The exhibit consists of a series of “sculpted salt domes that were used as projection screens for films, backdrops for art, and seating for visitors” during the LUMEN film festival in Staten Island.

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Spring 2017 Events

  • February 23, 6:30 PM Brett Schneider, Guy Nordenson and Associates & RISD Architecture
  • March 2, 6:30 PM at RISD Auditorium Petra Blaisse, Inside Outside, Hosted with INTAR, Textiles, RISD Museum
  • February 27, 6:30 PM Jeanette Kuo, Karamuk*Kuo
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