Statement: By dismissing ubiquitous notions of idyllic nature, we are free to reconsider the authenticity of our waste, and how the 'ugly' might be re-purposed using biological [synthetic or otherwise] processes to terraform our waste into a monumental landscape machine that serves as a perpetual function of the city.
We are a geologic force.
We make marks visible from space.
We can create our own geology.
This proposal is a designed geologic cycle, the geology being waste.
More specifically dredge material from New York harbor, and fly ash from incinerated solid waste.
I designed a mountain that breathes the city’s waste,
and fuels its growth.
These materials come together and through a process of accumulation, sorting, piling, bio-remediation, and solidification through bacterial calcification, over time, grow into mountain.
The mountain has no finality. The pressure and compression caused by its growth create stone. Stone that will be harvested as the main building material for the city, completing the cycle.
Waste to mountain, mountain to stone, stone to building........
I am unapologetic to this growth and to waste.
This thesis explores waste not as marginal byproduct of a city’s function, but as an integral and perpetual metabolic component.
Infrastructure as inhabitable organism. Landscape as Machine.
I question ubiquitous ideas of nature, especially in the city.
We can design our own neo-nature.
This is first done by either dismissing, or accepting everything, as nature.
This thesis is a study of this dismissal.