Hydrologic Opportunities in the Lower Colorado River Watershed

This project will uncover the underplayed link between water diversion for urbanization and agriculture in the American Southwest & Northern Mexico, and the resulting ecological dormancy of the Colorado River Delta. Specifically focusing on the Lower Colorado River Basin, it is a proposal for exposing regional landscape opportunities using hydrologic entities ie Watersheds + Aquifers to project receptive, de-engineered, and decentralized infrastructures.

The project then questions the current paradigm of civil infrastructures which divert and retain water along the Colorado River, and proposes a future scenario of a de-engineered river. In doing so a new paradigm for water infrastructures emerges using the subterranean landscape (aquifers) as an essential local reserve for water, envisioning a new land use pattern adaptable to the landscape and its dynamic processes.


Eric Reid  | | +47 95 46 53 40