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New Futures and the Wasteland

New Futures and the Wasteland is an exercise in architectural succession, wherein each built element is considerate of its own past, present, and future in the timescale of toxic land remediation. Can we maximize temporary architecture, in this case, remediation structures, to become substrates for future social, natural, infrastructural environment? Our project explores the concept of porosity across all scales, from the building element to urban infrastructures in order to create conditions where both wildlife and humans exist not in opposition but in a parallel manner. 3 different remediation strategies (phytoremediation, in-situ chemical oxidation, excavation) will be applied to the site, each with their own economic and social efficiencies and inefficiencies. Over time, these elements are able to maneuver the various landscape conditions of the site with adaptable densities and depths, establishing architectural tectonics that are considerate of the existing and future ecosystemic adjacencies.