The aim of this M.Arch thesis is to expose and educate the copper consumer, you, me, everyone, about the true cost of our building materials; the real cost of copper in every sense of the word.
Our society has an innate cultural complicity towards environmental devastation for the sake of material gain. We need it so we take it, caring little about where it comes from, or what truly happens to that place once we have deemed it exhausted of value.
We have, in our need for shelter and convenience, created a site of a toxic magnitude that is foreign to this planet. No natural process can create something like the Berkeley Pit, an orphaned highly toxic copper mine and the works inspiration, and no man-made process has yet been found that can fix it.
My goal is simple; make people think about where their materials actually come from, and the hope that the possession of that knowledge will spur a curiosity, a drive, to find a better way to do things. The world, and our technology now, needs copper. Architecture needs copper now, but if people realize its cost, I hope to drive them into thinking of a future where architecture doesn’t need copper, a future where open wounds like the Berkeley Pit no longer litter our Earth; a future where our buildings heal the planet, not kill it.
The work is a large scale architectural installation. 3000 cubes, each etched with the name of an orphaned, toxic, copper mine. The cube field both psychologically and physically alters one's reaction with space, creating macro to micro interpretations allowing for a true reflection on the vastness of the epidemic.
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