An interactive desert frame created by cardboard modules, Algaeic Infrastructure presences a view of changing biomes. The architectural scale of the piece uses a spherical logic to create a structure over 12’ tall with interlocking morphogenetic forms reminiscent of desmids, a photosynthetic algae. The appropriation of an aquatic structural system in an arid environment presences questions about water scarcity and means to address it. The project contributes an intimate relationship with the landscape and an event based reason to bring viewers to the desert.
Algaeic Infrastructure was created by Alex Webb, Catherine Harris and Nina DuBois with help from Alaa Quraishi, Ryan Davis, Carlos Sabogal, and Chris Torres. The project was hatched in response to a High Desert Test Site (501)c3 call for projects in 2013.