This blog is a digital record for my Masters of Landscape Architecture Design Research Thesis.
Abstract: Abandoned coal mining towns leave enormous scars upon the landscape once the minerals have been removed and the thriving populace has moved onward. These scars upon the landscape encourage further erosion and further destruction. The Chinese government is dedicating US$7 million to attempt to rejuvenate one such site, the abandoned Haizhou Open Pit Coal Mine in Fuxin, China. Currently this site represents the world’s largest abandoned man-made mine – the largest “hole” in Asia. It is 20m lower than the lowest land point in China....The thesis argues against the traditional applied orthogonal urban grid, in favor of site-specific urban frameworks that fundamentally acknowledge natural landscape systems. The thesis becomes a manifesto about contemporary solutions to urban infrastructure.