River Islands is a suburban development proposed for Stewart Tract, a South Delta island that is at sea level.…
The Delta is surrounded by some of the fastest growing bedroom communities in California.
Already, projects such as River…
The South Delta Exchange Authority would coordinate development along the South Delta’s sloughs and Old and Middle Rivers.
The Shimasaki Memorial is a speculative design proposal representative of many proposals that would mark significant historic events, places, or…
The Saline Lands Exchange Authority would coordinate development at the Delta’s western end.
Landowners in the western end of…
Lodgecamp is a speculative design project intended to synthesize the interests of migrant farm workers and tourism.
Levee Urbanism is a speculative design project situated within the South Delta Exchange Authority.
Levee Urbanism would…
The Large Owner Axis Exchange Authority would coordinate development along the north-south axis of the Delta.
The LOA spans…
The Borrow Pit Exchange Authority would coordinate development along the Interstate 5 corridor. The location of the pits may implicate…
Peak Water studio course description
Peak Water studio course description. Contains sections titled thesis, geographic overview, infrastructure and public works, studio structure and schedule, the virtual public megaphone, course objectives, studio culture, bibliographic resources, DNP links.
High Ground levee
This so-called “high ground” levee is proposed to be built around Stewart Tract. Construction would take place inside of the existing levee, which would remain. This diagram gives a sense of how the levee and adjacent landscape might work, and describes some of the benefits of the new inner levee.
Crop circles on Venice Island
My brother Adam brought this interesting and curiosity-piquing place to my attention. Is this strange configuration a message being sent to outer space, or explained by more earthbound practices? Please help solve the mystery!
Siphon spring diagram
Conceptual diagram of a peripheral canal siphon spring facility. Siphon springs would occur at the intersections of the proposed canal and existing Delta waterways. Siphon springs would be in part infrastructure, and part an occasion to create a new Delta recreational space.
The diagram shows a siphon passing under an existing Delta waterway, and two head-driven artificial artesian “springs” that would inject Sacramento River water into intersecting waterways.
Possible peripheral canal route?
Purely a speculative diagram, this route would take economic advantage of a number of “borrow pits,” so-called because they were created to provide fill for the construction of I-5. The pits are similar in dimension to the proposed “isolated conveyance facility.” Most are now riparian habitats, and some are protected wildlife preserves. The diagram also shows how the siphon infrastructure at intersecting rivers and sloughs could be designed to “freshen” the Delta’s waterways, improving Delta water quality and ecosystem health.
Large Owner Axis Trail
The Large Owner Axis Trail is correlated to the 2009 Peripheral Canal proposal’s “through-Delta component. The trail extends from the proposed Sacramento River diversion facility in the North Delta to the State and Federal Water Project pumps in the southwest Delta. From north to south, the elements of the trail system include: Stone Lakes NWR Trail, Snodgrass Slough Lodgecamp, Pear and Vine Trail, Delta Cross Channel Lodgecamp, Historic Settlements Trail, Staten Island Lodgecamp, Birdwatchers’ and Sportsmens’ Trail, Bouldin Island Lodgecamp, Habitat Mitigation Trail, Connection Slough Anglers’ Dam, Bacon Island Lodgecamp, Railroad Cut Anglers’ Dam, Channel Islands Trail, Double Canal Anglers’ Dam, Victoria and North Canals Estate Trail, and Clifton Court Forebay Lodgecamp
Temporary barrier locations
South delta temporary barriers resolve conflicts between water quality and environmental advocates. Barriers similar to this one are a key component of the Peripheral Canal proposal, and are the sites of future speculative work by the DNP design team.
South Delta section of Levee Urbanism
This cross section diagram describes the various components of Levee Urbanism in the South Delta. Channel making would increase water carrying capacity and water frontage for property development, a potential source of significant value for local landowners, and create habitat that would be managed by property owners.
South Delta Exchange Authority
The South Delta Exchange Authority trades development, water quality, agricultural, environmental, and tourism interests. See Levee Urbanism for a description of the SDEA at an architectural scale.
These are among the buildings that will be destroyed if Bacon Island becomes a reservoir. The building on the right would be saved in the Shimasaki Memorial project. It was a bunkhouse, kitchen and dining room.
Shimasaki Memorial, levee section
Photomontage diagramming relationship between farm camp buildings and Delta Wetlands Project infrastructure.
Shimasaki Memorial, axonometric
Isometric diagram of the Shimasaki Memorial site showing pumping station, old bunkhouse, memorial, and charcoal plain.
Shimasaki Memorial wireframe axonometric detail
Wire frame diagram showing bunkhouse, pools and archives.
Shimasaki Memorial bunkhouse
Bacon Island bunkhouse that would be restored as part of the Shimasaki Memorial.
Shimasaki Memorial plan
Site plan of Shimasaki Memorial, showing Delta Wetlands Project pumping station integrated with new recreational facilities and the restored bunkhouse.
Lodgecamp Systems Diagram
Exploded drawing describing the various technical systems of the Lodgecamp.
The raised structure of the Lodgecamp is made of stress skin plywood beams.
Cross section through Lodgecamp and adjacent areas. From left to right: Boating, Fishing, Living, Gardening, Farming.
Lodgecamp Plan - Ground Level
Ground floor and garden plan of the Lodgecamp.
Lodgecamp Plans - Upper Levels
Lodgecamp floor plans, upper levels.
This diagram describes the phasing of the Lodgecamp project and its relationship to setback levee improvements being considered.
Lodgecamp Locations (abandoned idea)
Diagram describing scenarios for the month-to-month occupation of the Staten Island lodgecamps. This was an early idea about the Lodgecamps, since abandoned in favor of distributing them along the length of the Large Owner Axis.
This calendar diagrams the times of year the the three occupants of the Lodgecamp would be present. The calendar is entirely based on the two-year agricultural cycle used by many Delta farmers.
Lodgecamp - Panorama
View across fields toward two lodgecamps.
Bird’s eye view of the Lodgecamp and garden.
Lodgecamp - Garden view
A view across the Lodgecamp community garden, toward the levee crest.
Lodgecamp - Constituents
List of the constituents who have an interest expressed in the Lodgecamp project.
Lodgegcamp Exchange Diagram
The farmworker gives squash to the birdwatcher. The birdwatcher tells the hunter where to hunt. The hunter gives a duck to the farmworker.
Lodgegcamp - Patio space
Hanging out under the Lodgecamp, where it is cool.
Lodgegcamp - View on a levee crest
Daily life at the Lodgecamp levee crest.
Levee Urbanism water view
View of the Oxbow Marina-Style properties of Levee Urbanism. The space between, in front of, and and underneath the buildings would be habitat managed by property owners.
Levee Urbanism platform view
View from the levee crest through a Levee Urbanism bait shop.
Levee Urbanism exchange diagram
Flood control and water quality infrastructure, habitat and recreation, managed urbanization using patterns already well-establsihed in the Delta.
Levee Urbanism field view
View toward the Oxbow Marina-style properties of the Levee Urbanism idea.
Levee Urbanism Center Place
Center Place is created whereever major roads cross the Levee Urbanism area. It is a public place, a piazza in the estuary.
Shimasaki Memorial phasing
Diagram showing the phasing of the Shimasaki Memorial and its integration with the Delta Wetlands Project
Shimasaki Memorial exchange diagram
Shimasaki Memorial constituents
Shimasaki Memorial bath
Shimasaki Memorial axonometric views
Shimasaki Memorial axonometric
Shimasaki Memorial archive