Reclamation in Progress
The Potential of Waste
REWILD: Architecture Defines a New Landscape
Harbourfront Centre, Toronto, ON, Canada, January 24 - June 7, 2015
Individual work, group exhibition, Curator: Patrick Macaulay
Oil sands mine development has disturbed 47,832 hectares of Canadian boreal forest. Only 0.2% of this land has been certified as reclaimed.
Reclamation is the final step mining companies are required to complete before mine closure. Defined in Alberta as the “stabilization, contouring, maintenance, conditioning or reconstruction of the surface of land,” reclamation is an essential component of responsible oil sands development. How will this new reclaimed landscape be designed? What habitats, ecologies and species will be prioritized?
Will efforts be made to return the land to a pre-extraction state? Or will we be able to see, beyond the environmental destruction, our positive role as designers and, in doing so, allow ourselves to understand the oils sands as a vast human-designed ecosystem?
In this site of intervention, sand will dominate as the foundation of future ecologies.