ARCH 542: Landscape Architecture Design Gallery: Landscape at the Intersection of Life and Death


This design locates a human composting process and network at the Port of Los Angeles. Through the recycling of otherwise wasted shipping containers, barrels, and crates, the human composting process results in a quantity of soil which is used to remediate toxic areas within and around the port, to create habitat above and underwater, and to claim back a portion of the port’s infrastructural hardscape for a softened, vegetal network of spontaneous vegetation. In short, how can we begin to integrate the port’s efficiency and performance aimed at increased growth into a new kind of logistical garden that fosters care, cultivation, and emotional expression where one might not easily expect to find it?