Spaces for Witness
University of British Columbia
School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture

LARC598 LANDSCAPE Architecture VI
Design Studio Thesis
Thesis: Celia Winters
Advisor: Fionn Byrne
Resource extraction collectively represents one of humanity's most severe impacts upon the ecological patterns of the planet.  Decades of extraction have left a web of fragmented patches, resembling an archipelago of anthropogenic islands.  In dire times, humans attempt to clear away these past troubles, in hopes of making a more suitable future.  However, the decay of the landscape, coupled with contamination issues, continually leads to a loss of habitat, ecology and potential economic viability.
By examining the relationship between extraction and reclamation, we can begin to give a spatial vocabulary for taking collective responsibility for landscape transformation.  This project attempts to spatialize the climatic uncertainty and challenge the practice of reclamation in the post-extraction landscape.  By treating well pads as islands, we can frame and simplify the seemingly unbound and complex and begin to kindle a series of provocations.  This project offers rhetorical interventions that are not intended to be solutions, but hopes to lead to more inquiries and questions.  A proposal for re-thinking reclamation through alternative conversations.
Celia Winters