Gold mining in Peru
Madre de Dios Region (Peru:South-East)
11.9900° S, 70.5900° W
In 2001 the prize of gold was $250 per once,
over a decade later this value has increased
to over $1,600. The global prices have fueled
an all out chaotic jungle gold rush , which has
created problems of deforestation with a boom
of gold extraction along the Amazonic rivers.
Informal mining has been linked with corruption,
violence, murder, prostitution and crime. Most
devastating has been the deforestation of the
jungle, contamination of the soils, rivers and
the process of extraction has left a unique
artificial topographic footprint on the amazon of
approximately 3.912 acres.
The Post Mining Habitats Project seeks to re-mediate the land and water from Mercury contamination to create a self sustainable network that serves as a platform for new Ecologies of natural and artificial habitats that will inhabit the existing topographic conditions caused by the act of gold mining.
The investigation merges engineering methods to remediate the land with architecture. It questions the pre-established notion of abandonment between architecture and engineering and seeks to merge the two practices to reclaim the land.
Critics: Garrett Ricciardi & Julian Rose
- Concept Developer
- GSAPP Advanced Architectural Design
- Lanscape Design & Cultural
- Rhino/Autocad/Foam Modeling