Energy infrastructure is facing a systemic realignment. But where is our visionary regional planner, our Benton MacKaye, to offer a roadmap to the civic potential of these vast new energy landscapes?
Landscapes of energy extraction are portals, wormholes between two worlds in which time and space work differently.
Extraction is an ugly process. Still, the vast resources present beneath the ground and the motivation to pull them to the surface are intimately tied to the settlement and permanent occupation of the landscape.
Florida is the epicenter of phosphate mining in the United States. The sheer scale of the impact of this extraction on the Floridian landscape is immense. As it grows, phosphate mining is producing enormous accidental monuments to the current American way of life.
Featured Issue05: Extraction
Extraction sustains our society. As the world becomes more urban and further removed from the landscapes that supply its raw materials and energy needs, more and more land is mined, blasted, dug, and drilled each year. How do these extraction landscapes fit into larger urban social, economic, and ecological frameworks? How can we bridge the disconnect between the city and its extractive hinterland?
Promenada reimagines a banal former thoroughfare through a series of topographical modifications, reclaiming urban space for pedestrians and civic infrastructure. The manipulation of layered surfaces slows the flow of pedestrians, allowing spaces for pause, contemplation, and gathering.