The Great Lakes Architectural Expedition Exhibition

The Great Lakes Architectural Expedition Exhibition
© Stephen Takacs

THE GREAT LAKES ARCHITECTURAL EXPEDITION EXHIBITION

Drawing Agency

ARCHITECTS
Drawing Agency

PHOTOGRAPHS
Stephen Takacs

LOCATION
Cleveland, United States

FABRICATION (COLUMBUS)
Anthony Selvaggio, Melissa Folzenlogen, Noel Michel, Sofia Kuspan, Kate Lubbers, Patrick Sardo

FABRICATION (CLEVELAND)
Chad Boston

CATAGORY
Exhibition Center, Installation

CLEVELAND URBAN DESIGN COLLABORATIVE
Kent State University College Of Architecture And Environmental Design

YEAR
2020

KNOWLTON GALLERY
The Ohio State University Knowlton School Of Architecture

DESIGNER
Galen Pardee

On December 8th, 2008, the States and Territories of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Montreal, and Quebec, signed into law the Great Lakes-St.

The Great Lakes Architectural Expedition Exhibition
© Stephen Takacs
The Great Lakes Architectural Expedition Exhibition
© Stephen Takacs

Lawrence River Basin Water Resources Compact [The Great Lakes Compact], prohibiting water removal outside the Lakes’ drainage basins and creating a sealed eco-political zone within the United States and Canada.

On April 25th, 2018, Wisconsin approved Foxconn’s request to withdraw 7 million gallons of Lake Michigan water per day for a private LCD panel factory outside Racine: Foxconn claimed its factory’s water consumption was a “public use” to skirt full Compact review.

The Great Lakes Architectural Expedition Exhibition
© Stephen Takacs
The Great Lakes Architectural Expedition Exhibition
© Stephen Takacs

This feat of semantics exposed the Compact’s lack of actionable public water definitions and created a leak in the Compact’s closed loop.

Finally, on February 26th, 2019, the citizens of Toledo, Ohio approved the Lake Erie Bill of Rights, granting the city legal guardianship of the Lake and its’ watershed.

Unchecked agricultural runoff in 2014 had rendered Lake Erie’s water undrinkable for half a million people for days at a time: algal blooms would return regardless in July 2019.

The Great Lakes Architectural Expedition Exhibition
© Stephen Takacs
The Great Lakes Architectural Expedition Exhibition
© Stephen Takacs
The Great Lakes Architectural Expedition Exhibition
© Stephen Takacs
The Great Lakes Architectural Expedition Exhibition
© Stephen Takacs
The Great Lakes Architectural Expedition Exhibition
© Stephen Takacs

These three events inspired the foundation of the Great Lakes Architectural Expedition, an experimental public architecture office entrusted with protecting the spirit of the Great Lakes Compact, researching and designing the Watershed’s public realm, and advocating for the Compact’s human, non-human, and material subjects.

The Expedition’s mission has prompted a fundamental re-thinking of architecture’s role in the Great Lakes Megalopolis—engaging legal and physical terrains with equal dexterity, expanding architectural practice with non-human client structures, and transforming architects into agents for public materials in a world of increasing scarcity.

Using archival models, drawings, documents, and studies, this rare glimpse into the office’s archives explores the organizational structure of the Great Lakes Architectural Expedition itself, as well as early attempts by the Expedition’s Lake Erie Board to establish their roles as public advocates and draft the contours of non-human architect-client relationships.

The Great Lakes Architectural Expedition Exhibition
© Stephen Takacs
The Great Lakes Architectural Expedition Exhibition
© Stephen Takacs

Works on display include the Seating Chart at the Parliament for a Material World, prototypes for the Maumee Basin Phosphorus Co-Op, and models of the Last Impervious Surface in Portage County Ohio.

“The Great Lakes Architectural Expedition” was supported by the 2019-2021 LeFevre Emerging Practitioner Fellowship at the Knowlton School of Architecture, The Ohio State University.Thanks to Todd Gannon, Mike Baumberger, Terry Schwarz, and Jean Jaminet for their support.

The Great Lakes Architectural Expedition Exhibition
© Stephen Takacs
The Great Lakes Architectural Expedition Exhibition
© Stephen Takacs


The Great Lakes Architectural Expedition Exhibition
Map - Great Lakes Borderlands

The Great Lakes Architectural Expedition Exhibition
Map - Lake Erie


The Great Lakes Architectural Expedition Exhibition
Isometric 01 - Parliament for a Material World
The Great Lakes Architectural Expedition Exhibition
Isometric 01 - Spillway


The Great Lakes Architectural Expedition Exhibition
Axonometric 01 - Phosphorus CoOp

The Great Lakes Architectural Expedition Exhibition
Axonometric 01 - Phosphorus Loading
The Great Lakes Architectural Expedition Exhibition
Axonometric 01 - Parliament for a Material World
The Great Lakes Architectural Expedition Exhibition


The Great Lakes Architectural Expedition Exhibition
Zone 1 - Spillway Hazard

The Great Lakes Architectural Expedition Exhibition
Zone 2 - Spillway Hazard

The Great Lakes Architectural Expedition Exhibition
Zone 3 - Spillway Hazard


The Great Lakes Architectural Expedition Exhibition
Satellite 01 -Spillway

The Great Lakes Architectural Expedition Exhibition