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Tahawus Extraction Trail

Tahawus is a former iron and titanium mine located in Adirondacks Mountain, Hudson Valley, abandoned since 1989. This project focuses on the tremendous topography of Tahawus and challenges the notion of Adirondacks as a natural and untouched sanctuary. Twelve small-scale field stations are designed to react to different interfaces of extractive conditions. A new trail, connected to the existing scenic ones, is proposed to invite people into the untrodden mining area and experience the stations. Diving into three of the stations, the first intervention is a bar extending half of it into the tailing pile (gravel and stones extracted from the mine) for scientists to study the interior ecology. The second intervention is a rectangular architecture floating above a combination of different land surfaces, from the irregular forest on the one side to a barren land with sparse natural recovery in the middle and a typical land surface with artificial recovery on the other side. The third one, which floats in the middle of the mine, provides a living and observing space for scientists to learn about human-made underwater ecology.