Thresholds: Gradients of activity in a changing landscape
Casbarian, John J.
Master of Architecture thesis
There is no such thing as a natural landscape. All environments are imagined, shaped and controlled by humans. This thesis aims to expose the life of a landscape, to study the activities and interests that inform landscape. It is possible to organize interests in a way that provides for flexible and dynamic change and growth of those interests supported by the landscape. This study is played out on one particular landscape, Lake Murray, South Carolina. Lake Murray is a hydroelectric reservoir located just west of the capital city of Columbia. The dam provides power and drinking water for the area. However, fluctuations in water levels that result from power generation are unpopular with lake residents and users. They would prefer lake levels be kept high at all times regardless of power needs. Development around the lake is growing at a rapid pace and if left unchecked could seriously affect wildlife, drinking water, and recreation. It is possible to see the fluctuating lake levels as an opportunity to enhance use and enjoyment of the lake while preserving it and providing maximum hydro-electric power.