Year of Award
Master of Science (MS)
Department or School/College
Department of Geography
Christiane von Reichert
Thomas Sullivan, Daisy Rooks
Brennan's Wave, Max Wave, Actor-Network Theory, Planning
University of Montana
Human Geography | Nature and Society Relations
Brennan’s Wave, in downtown Missoula, has become an iconic feature of the town. Through the diligent work of a group of community advocates a dangerous and unsightly irrigation diversion structure was repurposed to include a recreation feature in the middle of the river that improved safety while simultaneously maintaining the integrity of the structure. The success of Brennan’s Wave has led to its replication through the planning of another memorial wave, the Max Wave, to be built downstream at the site of a similar irrigation structure. This study investigates how these structures are planned for and built by utilizing an actor-network approach. Actor-Network Theory (ANT) addresses the complexity and heterogeneity of influential actors through its symmetrical view of human and non-human actors. The creation of an actor-network accountable for the surfing waves enables other emergent issues surrounding the downtown river corridor to be addressed as well. The implications of ANT in relation to urban planning are also discussed.
Pichacz, Alexander S. Jr., "Grassroots Planning: An Actor-Network Study of Surfing Waves in Missoula, Montana" (2015). Graduate Student Theses, Dissertations, & Professional Papers. 4425.
© Copyright 2015 Alexander S. Pichacz Jr.