Fugitive Dust: Airborne Landscape of the San Joaquin Valley

Sarah Swanseen

  • FA.18
  • Level: graduate
  • Discipline: Landscape Architecture
  • Instructor: Alison B. Hirsch

This project proposes to reduce airborne "fugitive" dust exposure through repurposed almond orchard waste in the San Joaquin Valley of California. In the valley, almonds are a widely grown and highly profitable crop. Whole orchards are typically removed every 20 years to keep profitability as high as possible, generating enormous amounts of biomass waste in the process with little to no potential for appropriate disposal. "Fugitive Dust" looks at alternative uses for this biomass waste as windbreaks and to build local soils, resulting in the reduction of airborne "fugitive" dust both locally and in the region as a whole.