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Earth Choreographer: Remediating Obsolete Grounds of the Future

Earth Choreographer is a design methodology that focuses on choreographing, scoring, and de-territorializing the landscape of an obsolete oil field. The project introduced in this article, titled Earth Choreographer, explores the imperatives and opportunities in remediation and repurposing of obsolete industrial sites, aiming to continuously investigate the potential of the land and possible scenarios over decades — even when the intended life cycle of the industrial site is over. It presents a design process that recognizes the ruination of the ground and the landscape. By acknowledging the evolving technologies and ever-increasing preoccupation with natural resources, it answers the following questions: 1) What happens when a productive landscape is sought to be both partially preserved and recreated? 2) How to represent a ground plane that is being constantly reconfigured by machines with ever-changing boundaries of spaces for human and non-human occupy? And 3) what does a site that constantly erases and reconstructs itself look like? With several scenarios from 2025 to 2080, this project acts as a prototype for inhabiting obsolete landscapes by addressing climate change and depletion of resources. Its dynamic design methodology allows the site to constantly evolve and change over time based on the needs and interests of its occupiers.

Oil Extraction, Obsolete Landscape, Remediation, Repurposing, Prototype, Rammed Earth

APA Style

Anna Korneeva, Irmak Turanli. (2021). Earth Choreographer: Remediating Obsolete Grounds of the Future. International Journal of Architecture, Arts and Applications, 7(3), 77-86.

ACS Style

Anna Korneeva; Irmak Turanli. Earth Choreographer: Remediating Obsolete Grounds of the Future. Int. J. Archit. Arts Appl. 2021, 7(3), 77-86. doi: 10.11648/j.ijaaa.20210703.14

AMA Style

Anna Korneeva, Irmak Turanli. Earth Choreographer: Remediating Obsolete Grounds of the Future. Int J Archit Arts Appl. 2021;7(3):77-86. doi: 10.11648/j.ijaaa.20210703.14

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