Ongoing Projects

Mississippi Studies

Mississippi Studies is a new initiative to encourage intercollegiate collaboration on publicly engaged projects that center on the Mississippi River watershed and its inhabitants.


Designing for the Fourth Coast

A collaboration with Dunwoody College. This design studio introduces students to the importance of design research in relationship to making. This year the studio will be exploring the Mississippi River as a building site, a cultural corridor, and a microcosm of global issues that threaten to overcome us. As cities around the world begin to face uncertainties associated with climate change, one significant challenge is rising water levels and their impact on the future inhabitability of coastal and riparian zones. The studio begins with the premise that cities must actively develop resilient approaches to building, and that architects will have a growing and integral role in innovating these alternatives.


Data Sensing

Ongoing development of data sensing equipment and analysis and visualization techniques about the Mississippi River.

The Mississippi River is one of the most heavily monitored and studied river systems in the world. The United States Geological Survey, the Army Corps of Engineers, the National Weather Service, along with numerous NGOs contribute to the collection and interpretation of the river across a variety of environmental and hydrologic parameters. This data plays a central role in constructing ways of sensing and understanding the river, the impact of human activities on it, and efforts to manage it.


Previous Projects

Mississippi. An Anthropocene River.

A Collaborative Research and Public Outreach Project (2018-19)

Partners: Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW) and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, Berlin (MPIWG)