The Great Lakes Architectural Expedition
Survey II



The second survey of the Great Lakes Architectural Expedition’s work focuses on the public outreach conducted around The Last Impervious Surface in Portage County Ohio. The film “The New Borderlands” explores the history and current disposition of the “bridging counties” which straddle the Great Lakes Watershed line and the existing diversions which move water from one watershed to another.

A set of three 1’=50’ risk assessment drawings examines remediation options for the Portage County Spillway; analyzing new runoff flow patterns, bioswale locations and protection of exsting buildings, and suggested areas of existing ashpalt and other impervious surfaces to be removed and replaced with pervious substitutes. These multimedia pieces recognize the imperative of repair and infrastructure, as well as the responsibility to communicate such programs to the public in an effective, graphically compelling manner.

Cleveland, Ohio

Press: Cleveland Plain Dealer

Supported by The Ohio State University LeFevre Emerging Practitioner Fellowship and Kent State University

Project Team: Melissa Folzenlogen, Chad Boston






Drawing Agency LLC is a design and research practice based in New York City founded by Galen Pardee, with projects in New York, California, and Colorado. Drawing Agency’s work has been published widely and exhibited in the United States and abroad, including the Chicago Architecture Biennal and the Venice Architecture Biennale.

Director Galen Pardee teaches at Columbia University GSAPP; he was the 2019-2021 LeFevre Emerging Practitioner Fellow at The Ohio State University’s Knowlton School of Architecture. Galen holds a Masters in Architecture from Columbia University GSAPP where he received the Alpha Rho Chi Medal, and a BA in Politics cum laude from Brandeis University.

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