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LA+ Creature Competition Entry

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Developed with Kristine Ericson for submission to the October 2020 LA + CREATURE design competition organized by the Interdisciplinary Journal of Landscape Architecture, Limulus Landing celebrates the outstanding endurance of the ancient arthoprod, the horseshoe crab (Limulus polyphemus), while also offering this creature a place to 'land', spawn, and thrive.

Located on the Delaware Bay, at the epicenter of our client’s reproductive landscape, the project provides our client (the horseshoe crab) with improved spaces for procreation, shelter, and movement. It also creates novel opportunities for humans to interact with and learn about horseshoe crab life and intervenes in processes that threaten the well-being and existence of this exceptional, inspiring creature.

600,000 horseshoe crabs are captured by the biomedical industry each year, and 90,000 die in this way. Our client wants change!

Pierced through the heart. Put back on the beach. Dead the next day.

Swimming ashore. Preparing to spawn. Only hard ground.

No place for eggs. No space for life.

Our client wants change!

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Horseshoe crab carapaces, Bowers Beach, Delaware Bay Estuary, ca. 1920s.
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