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Future Directions for
Snake River, Dams Envisioned

by Brian Clark, College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences
WSU Today, November 29, 2010

Little Goose Dam, current. Illustration by Stephen Ulman, courtesy WSU. PULLMAN - Landscape architecture, design and education graduate students from WSU and the University of Idaho will present their visions for the Lower Snake River Basin Dec. 9-Jan. 31 at the Sage Baking Company, 1303 Main St., Lewiston. The opening reception will be 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9.

Snake River reView showcases the design work of graduate students in the course "Cultural Interpretations of the Regional Landscape." During the course, students studied the connections between people and place in the basin and the ways these connections are affected by and affect the Lower Snake River dams.

For their final projects, students created design visualizations that explore the future of the river. The designs were informed by the networked stories and ecologies of the regional landscape; they feature sites from Pasco, Wash., to Lewiston, Idaho.

"The students' projects address and reveal the complex relationships among organisms, locale, the built environment, ideologies and time," said Jolie Kaytes, the course instructor and associate professor of landscape architecture at WSU. "They employ design strategies that require us to broadly reflect on values, energy, edge, transport, recreation, farming, community, power, sustenance, soil, settlement and salmon.

"Ultimately, the students' projects challenge us to re-examine how we see and understand the region - to continually review, in the multiple senses of that word, the Snake River Basin and what it means to be a citizen of this landscape," she said.

Little Goose Dam, a revision. Illustration by Stephen Ulman, courtesy WSU. Although the students are still working on their projects, some of the working titles are:

"This is the second year students are exhibiting work at the Sage Bakery. We put the show up at the Sage Baking Company because it's downtown and is an informal setting where people gather and talk," Kaytes said.

"And the Sage is in Lewiston, which sites at the confluence of the Snake and Clearwater rivers. Students and I hope that having the work in this setting will facilitate conversations and get people talking about the Lower Snake River Basin's future," she said.

Brian Clark, College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences
Future Directions for Snake River, Dams Envisioned
WSU Today, November 29, 2010

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