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.
The Lehigh Valley gave rise to several world-class extractive industries, including steel and cement production, coal mining, and slate quarrying. How should we preserve this rich industrial heritage?
Landscapes of energy extraction are portals, wormholes between two worlds in which time and space work differently.
NY bans fracking; PA allows it. Just south of the NY/PA border, some of the most intensive drilling occurs in an area where the Marcellus shale is deep, thick and most productive. How powerful is a policy line? Where is this line solid, and where is the line blurred, broken, or not there at all?
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.