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Large Environmental Technologies & Systems (L-E-T-S)

L-E-T-S creates innovative solutions to physical infrastructure in the built environment, focusing specifically on technologies with  large geographical and spatial scales. We define new categories, map innovation, identify emerging sectors, and develop foundational technologies that improve the how we build urban and regional landscape systems through design – ranging from elemental modular units to broader strategic plans.

L-E-T-S collaborative approach takes many forms, from the development of customized approaches to specific projects needs, to the licensing of propriety technologies to partners.

Expertise includes:

  • Patent Mapping of Urban, Regional, and Landscape Related Technologies
  • Identification of Emerging Technology Sectors in the Built Environment
  • Vegetated Building and Urban Systems
  • Historical Analysis of Technology Development in  Specific Regions
  • Terraforming and Restoration in Deltaic Landscapes
  • Ecology of the Urban Intertidal Zone, Including Seawalls and Revetments
  • Fabrication and Detailed Design of Environmental Systems
  • Integration of Technology Across Scales

Projects

GEOGRAPHICAL DIMENSIONS OF PATENT INNOVATION

L-E-T-S specializes in Patent Innovation Studies, as they relate to Large-Scale Complex Environmental Systems. This category defining research aims to create new knowledge, and pilot projects, at the vanguard of anthropocene technology.  Patent analysis is a core component of our process, allowing us to guide projects toward innovative approaches to design, or to develop foundational technologies in specific sectors. Our interest primarily focus on urban vegetation, urban water, riverine and coastal technologies, and how design can improve these systems.

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TECHNOLOGIES OF CLIMATE CHANGE AND SEA LEVEL RISE

L-E-T-S tracks technological change in sectors related to sea level rise, including artificial reef restoration and subsidence reversal, etc.

 

FABRICATION OF ECOLOGICAL SEAWALLS

L-E-T-S has been actively following innovation in ecological seawall technology. This multiyear experimental research project engages students at UC Berkeley, and design professionals, in the process of developing fabrication techniques for the next layer of urban coastal armoring.

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VEGETATED ARCHITECTURE

L-E-T-S has a record of innovative green building projects and research publication. The multifaceted “Horticultural Building Systems Lab” focuses on the relationship of plants, buildings, and urban systems. Helping clients to integrate plants into complex and large built systems using novel technologies.

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HISTORICAL ANALYSIS OF ENVIRONMENTAL PATENT INNOVATION

L-E-T-S approach to site analysis involves the interpretation of a sites technological history and formation. Most, if not all, landscapes have been altered by technology. The history of these technologies provides insight into environmental change and potentially strategies for design and restoration.

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Publications

 

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Inventing Venice: an urban and environmental innovation model from the lagoon city. Journal of the Patent and Trademark Office Society. Centennial Volume 100.3

https://www.heinonline.org/HOL/Index?index=journals/jpatos&collection=usjournals

http://eds.a.ebscohost.com/eds/detail/detail?vid=1&sid=9202bdb6-4703-4f7b-a9cd-6392884b997b%40sdc-v-sessmgr03&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWRzLWxpdmU%3d#AN=ucb.b16821280&db=cat04202a

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The Hard Habitats of Coastal Armoring. In: Sustainable Coastal Design and Planning

https://escholarship.org/uc/item/1hs0d1hv

https://www-taylorfrancis-com.libproxy.berkeley.edu/books/9780429856587

https://www.crcpress.com/Sustainable-Coastal-Design-and-Planning/Mossop/p/book/9781498774543

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Patent Scenarios for the Mississippi River. In: Journal of Architectural Education (Themed Volume: Environments 2017)

http://www.tandfonline.com/eprint/jA7dIe7qaWYq8fpxviUq/full

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The Hard Habitats of Coastal Armoring. In: Sustainable Coastal Armoring and Design (Edited By Elizabeth Mossop)

https://www.crcpress.com/Sustainable-Coastal-Design-and-Planning/Mossop/p/book/9781498774543

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Territory and Technology: a Case Study and Strategy from the California Delta. In: The Plan Journal – Volume 2/2017 – Issue 2 [RESILIENT EDGES] W/ Neeraj Bhatia

http://www.theplanjournal.com/article/territory-and-technology-case-study-and-strategy-california-delta

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California’s Legacy of Swamplands. In: BOOM California        (27-September-2017)

https://boomcalifornia.com/2017/09/27/californias-legacy-of-swamplands/

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Prototyping the Mississippi Delta: patents, alternative futures, and the design of complex environmental systems. IN: Journal of Landscape Architecture JOLA, 2-2017 

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/18626033.2017.1361084

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Levees that Might Have Been. In: Places Journal

https://placesjournal.org/article/levees-that-might-have-been/

http://escholarship.org/uc/item/4c79f2kg

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Patents and Place: Intellectual Property and Site Specificity. In: Forty-Five Journal of Outside Research

http://forty-five.com/papers/139

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Infrastructures of Innovation. In: Scaling Infrastructure @MIT CAU

http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=cat04202a&AN=ucb.b23275206&site=eds-live

http://escholarship.org/uc/item/35w9h33k

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Inventing Landscapes. In: Landscape Architecture Magazine August 2013

http://escholarship.org/uc/item/4rz513dr

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A vertical garden: origins of the Vegetation-Bearing Architectonic Structure and System (1938). In: studies in the history of gardens and designed landscapes

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/14601176.2011.653535

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GEOGRAPHIES OF INNOVATION (Exhibition Booklet) http://issuu.com/richardhindlerichardl.hindle/docs/geograhies_of_innovation

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Territorial Technologies. (Workshop Booklet)

http://escholarship.org/uc/item/6bf831sw#page-7

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Stanley Hart White and the Question of “What is Modern” In  In: studies in the history of gardens and designed landscapes

http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/14601176.2013.807653

 

Contact

Richard L. Hindle
University of California, Berkeley
Department of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Planning
202 Wurster Hall, #2000
Berkeley, California 94720-2000
rlhindle@berkeley.edu