Ashley Scott Kelly

Frameworks, systems design

L.A. Energy Infrastructure
Transmission Landscapes (2009)

The power grid of the Los Angeles metropolitan region effectively distributes power to millions of sprawling homes. Within the system, 'weak' energy can be characterized by ad-hoc planning arrangements on the city's periphery, where natural processes have the ability to interact, damage and possibly benefit power generation, storage, and distribution. The notorious yearly brush fires in the Los Angeles National Forest and the modified, artificial 'burn-cycle' of this landscape, the 1994 Northridge Earthquake, drought and the disproportionately high hydroelectric capacity of the California Aquaduct's Castaic terminus, underground pumps and artificial natural gas reservoirs are just a few examples of those opportunistic points of operation. In studying these points, one can begin to approximate the infrastructural 'maxima and minima' of the system under very precise environmental loads.