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If you have been airborne over our country’s midsection, or just looked at a Google aerial you probably noticed the green circles that dot the otherwise brown scrub. What are those? Some kind of large scale version of Connect4? An extreme close up of A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte? Nascent efforts of an uncreative UFO crop circle team? Only when you’re at ground level do you find the culprit for those irrigated green discs. The story of the green circles and the remediation efforts inside. Read the rest of this entry »
Water Hazard is an ongoing architectural research project by moss. We are studying water related issues to become better stewards of this most precious resource. Below is the latest dispatch. (This report was originally published by moss in March of 2005)
The United States is home to more than 23,000 golf courses, by far the most in the world. A large number of courses are located in the west and southwest regions of the country; regions that are in severe drought . In addition, most golf courses are only available to a select few that can afford green fees and access the course. This would not pose such a problem if golf courses did not consume a surfeit of natural resources that are important to the survival of the public. Courses consume an enormous amount of land (an 18 hole golf course of 6200 yards or more would require 110 to 180 acres of land ), and water for decorative features and irrigation. California alone boasts 912 golf courses, second only to Florida which is home to over 1,100 courses . Therefore, California, looking right in the face of severe drought, uses over 164,000 acres of mainly urbanized and irrigated land for golf courses; that equates to 256 square miles, or roughly the size Memphis, Tennessee. Read the rest of this entry »