Disturbed Systems

Project Goals:

The design projects chosen by student teams defined and then critically evaluated the variety of ecological and man-made systems at work in varying scales on the site. The students addressed this layered issue by offering design guidelines and a vision for intervention that sought to revitalize this unique piece of coastal wetlands.

Project Team:
    • Maud Walsh Professor of Environmental Management
    • Carol Wicks Professor of Geology
    • Brett Davis Professor of Landscape Architecture
    • Kristi Cheramie
    • Alexander Braud
    • Evan Bergeron
    • Hunter Berch
    • Alexandra Bobet
    • Austin Booth
    • Josh Brooks
    • Daniel Burton
    • Audrey Crop
    • Joe Crifasi
    • Silvia Cox
    • Brennan Dedon
    • Danielle Duhe
    • Jeff Fabre
    • Yanina Ferligoj
    • Alexander Franklin
    • Peter Graves
    • Joshua Herron
    • Gregory Hingle
    • Justine Holzman
    • Ashley Howell
    • Joe Ingram
    • Seth LeBlanc
    • Ben Maas
    • Nicholas Milan
    • Bedoor Mohammed
    • Sarah Noland
    • Will Ohlenforst
    • Bonnie Porter
    • Michael Richard
    • Angela Scheuer
    • Matthew Seibert
    • Corey Shircliff
    • Brett Sollberger
    • Ally Suding
    • Leah Tapley
    • Shaun Vicknair
    • Ben Wellington
    • Garett Wolf
    • Matt Wyatt
    • Chevron
    • Wisner Foundation

Disturbed Systems is a transdisciplinary course at LSU in which geologists, environmental managers, and landscape architects came together to design a coastal restoration project for Cheniere Caminada, a regressive beach ridge plain in Southeast Louisiana which has undergone significant changes in recent history due to human interaction. Through this method of work and instruction, a comprehensive understanding of the wetland landscape was shaped amongst disciplines and a common language for design speculation developed.

Direct + Broader Impacts:
Develop recommendations for restoration of coastal habitat in Chenier Caminada affected by man-made infrastructure that will identify opportunity spaces, secure site access, counteract land loss, and provide long term resiliency. This was the first course of its kind offered at LSU using the trans-disciplinary working methods of the CSS, and provides a model for future collaborations.