Competition Win

Drive - In Theatre

This project was undertaken as a competition entry for a landscape architecture competition in Las Vegas. One on the key stakeholders in the competition was a manufacturer of modular furniture and as such requested that the entry's had to use modular componants - A critical factor in the project was that when the land values again stabilized in the Las vegas area, the landscaping could ecconomically and efficiently be removed and the manufacturing company could develop the land.

A landscape to host theatrical performance made possible by the careful choreography of transport infrastructure. The Interstate -15 stretches north from the major ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, through the vertical breadth of the United States of America to the Canadian Border. The highway provides a major trade artery serving the cities of Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Salt Lake City.

The border between Nevada and California generates a largely invisible disruption (opportunity) hidden within a shift in State legislation. Where both Utah and Nevada allow the Trucks to haul three connected trailers, California restricts its road cargo to a maximum of two. As a consequence of this legal force, Clark County, Nevada becomes a critical point on the Interstate 15 where the truck is forced to either drop a trailer before it enters California, or pick up a trailer filled with Nevada exports bound for Salt Lake City.

The proposed Adaptive Urban Greenscape site is positioned half a mile off the Interstate - 15 in a precise part of Las Vegas where culture and the small scale industrial and commercial lots begin to fuse. The drive in theater aims to create a modular landscape by manipulating the pre existing forces that are active within the site and its connections.

By examining the spatial potential of the specific trailer types used to haul goods from Las Vegas to Salt Lake City the Drive-In Theatre enables the construction of an ephemeral cultural landscape with a series of pre-existing modules – the grain trailer, the flatbed trailer, the lowboy trailer, the van trailer and the dump trailer. Through choreographing the short-term storage of these trailer types, a scaffold is created that allows the semi-industrial site to generate culture through theatre and shift to temporarily become a functioning part of the adjacent arts district.