This thesis posits that the spectacle of industrial infrastructure is a catalyst for repurposing and remediating underutilized lands, and that the process of repurposing and remediation presents powerful opportunities for place-making.
Society is currently operating within a pivotal moment in time. There is a global increase of awareness and understanding when it comes to the limited resources available on this planet. Reducing consumption, waste, and pollution are of the utmost importance in considering the future of our world. Time is an important factor in this process as we’ve created these problems over a period of many years and we must understand that it will take time to fix what we have damaged.
The typical cycle of industrial use, disuse, and abandonment is no longer acceptable or feasible. This thesis investigates phased remediation and conversion of petrochemical structures and their respective sites with the intention of increasing both the socioeconomic vitality and environmental quality of the area.
The oil silo is an intriguing object and industrial artifact. Being inside or next to one of these massive structures is captivating. There is something truly exciting and thought provoking about inhabiting a space that was clearly not meant for humans. These are qualities that provide opportunities to reconnect people with a site and create a place with substance in a way that is unique, thoughtful and long lasting.