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Manufacturing Landscapes is research done at the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire. Both Roger Hubeli and Julie Larsen were fellows at MacDowell and spent 6 weeks researching 4 different territories - . These mappings are a series of speculative architectural drawings that explore the ecological and tectonic potential for sites located within what Ignasi de Solà-Morales refers to as the ‘terrain vague’ - off the map, dis-invested or undervalued zones with potential for new purpose. The global demand for material resources requires we think more critically about the re-appropriation of materials and their tectonic implications on the territories of the terrain vague.
Site 1- an abandoned mine in Bonne Terre, Missouri - is potentially used for wind power storage. Open-pit mines can be re-purposed as storage facilities for off-peak wind energy. Using mining pits for pumped storage hydropower generates a new, occupiable territory. Excess electricity, such as nighttime wind power, is used to pump water uphill from a reservoir into a higher-elevation holding pond. The thickened surface above the holding pond shading the water also cools off the adjacent building as wind blows across and water and into the spaces.
Site 2 - is located at the hydroelectric Grimsel Dam in Switzerland. Switzerland produces 56% of its power with hydroelectricity and a city proposal was to extend two hydroelectric Grimsel-Dams by 23 meters to gain additional water storage. Ecological concerns about flood damage to protected local alpine wetlands became a point of contention. The Dam is designed with Xbloc® Units that both serve as structure as well as a porous membrane to provide habitat for marine vegetation and animals. By deforming the Xbloc® into 3 types: to break water, become porous for local species, and serve as a structural element to make the dam habitable for people.
Site 3 - abandoned cooling towers, UK
Site 4 - levee wall, Cairo, Illinois
_Research, MacDowell Colony Residency