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Politecnico di Milano
Professor、Director of the Studio Lab “Landscape Architecture”
Overseas Academic Judge | 8TH CREDAWARD
Disaster Recovery Design
The worlds desire for electronics, fuel and geological riches is etched in devastating shapes and colours all over the globe. In the latest of BBC Future’s Anthropo-Sceneseries, they show the striking ways that mining has rewritten the surface of the Earth. When we dig to extract a precious metal, a carboniferous fuel, or an ancient ore, we remove a chapter of another time. Such materials are, in the words of the writer Astra Taylor, the “past condensed”, telling of epic eras of magmatic fury, tropical forests or hydrothermal steam. They take millions of years to settle or crystallise, then only moments to remove with machinery and explosive. We are looking at the myriad ways that mining has transformed the surface of the Earth, whether it’s the striking, unnatural hues of “tailings ponds” or the open-cast landscapes that look like the fingerprints of humanity itself. How to manage a regenerative strategy for disastered sites? Corridors, lakes, greenery, clean energy production, nature based solutions. Land art installations, landscape architecture design, strategies of redevelopment of a scarred place, between reparation activities and aesthetic actions.
By CREDAWARD channel we aim to improve the rigor, reliability, robustness and transparency of research in the architectural sciences, landscape sciences and the humanities and stimulate awareness and activities that promote the quality of research among architects, universities, funders and politicians.
Alessandro Bianchi, architect and Ph.D in architectural and landscape design, is faculty member at the School of Planning, Architecture, Construction Engineering (AUIC) of Politecnico di Milano since 2001. He is author of more than 120 scientific papers and books. Since 2016 he is Scientific Director of the Studio Lab “Landscape Architecture” and Scientific Director of the Italy – China Workshop “Milano / Discovering Through Experience / Architecture Walks / Representation / Design / Concept”, at Politecnico di Milano.
Politecnico di Milano is established in 1863, as one of the most outstanding technical universities in Europea, Politecnico di Milano is a public scientific-technological university which trains engineers, architects and industrial designers, with nearly 47,000 students. It is organized in 12 Departments and in 4 Schools, committed to linking research and teaching as the priority commitment that enables Politecnico di Milano to achieve high-quality results at an international level.