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Planetary Bayou

Field Guide to Environmental Crime: Houston and the Oil Coast

Dead Zones

Extinction Simulation Landscapes

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MacDowell Trilogy

Humans Lived Here Once

Whole Life Academy

Comfort in Hydrology

Uncanny Sensing, Remote Valleys

Water Castle

Radio Aporee Sound Map

Midstream at Twilight



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Big Hill Petro-glyphs

Current State

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Brandenburg Series

Svalbard Global Seed Vault

Sonic Boom Archive

Johnston Island Saturday Night

Suspension of Disbelief

Quantum Danube


Culpeper Media Bunker

A Doubting World

“... the floors of silent seas”

Background Listening Post

Regional Spatialities

Dark Places

Ultimate High Ground

American Oil Vol. I

Kleine Stücke von Berlin


Playas Townsite

Shepard Inversion Ghost


Shock + Awe

Gloom & Doom / Tactile Air

Routes of Least


Weather Radio

Site: Nonsite: Quartzsite

The Mountain Radio Project

Ballarat: Beneath Sentinel

CLUI Projects

Networked Nation


Urban Crude

CLUI Touchscreen

Texas Oil

Wendover, U.S.A.

CLUI Exhibit Posters

Pavement Paradise

Vacation: Dauphin

Dissipation & Disintegration

Terminal Island

Immersed Remains

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Emergency State

Loop Feedback Loop

A View into the Pipe

Ground Up

Nellis Range - Revisited

West Coast Points

The Best Dead Mall


Antarctic 1

One Wilshire

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Proximity Issue

Back to the Bay

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Steve Rowell

Regional Spatialities:
Two Tours Around Newcastle-Upon-Tyne

In June 2010, as part of my HaSS fellowship in the Global Urban Research Unit at Newcastle University, I researched and conducted two bus tours that investigated the landscape surrounding the city, covering parts of Northumberland, County Durham, Tyne and Wear, and North Yorkshire. Part performance, part conceptual / contextual / spatial exercise, part pedagogical experiment.

For the Northern tour, entitled Military Landscapes of the North-East, I focused on places that represent the broad range of meaning inherent in the defense-related landscape north and west of the city, ranging from the batteries at Tynemouth and Blyth, to the Otterburn Range, the Borderlands, RAF Spadeadam, and back into the city by way of the historic ship / declining gun and tank building sites along the Tyne. This counter-clockwise, forward and back again, timeline defined the tour route. For the Southern tour, entitled Post-Industrial and Future Landscapes of the North-East, the histories of coal, steel, shipbuilding, chemicals, and even dark matter were investigated. The itinerary began at the end of the shipbuilding era, on Tyneside, over the coastal post-coal-scape to the chemical and steel industries around Teeside, transitioning onto the North York Moors, or what lies beneath - potash and a dark matter research facility. Video programming for this tour included the opening sequence of Blade Runner, in which the viewer slowly levitates through gas flares from monumental petrochemical refineries below, toward a dystopic Los Angeles of 2019. Ridley Scott grew up in Teeside and was deeply affected by the industrial landscape here, the most extensive and visually dominating in all of England.