Post-Industrial Landscapes, Azrieli School of Architecture, Carleton University

Set within the context of a post-industrial era, we find ourselves venturing through the Canadian wilderness of Gatineau Park, walking in the footsteps of industrial alchemist Thomas ‘Carbide’ Willson. Within this natural blossom lie the ruins of his former empire, the decaying heart of industrialisation and manufacturing in a factory that never fully materialised.

The course will explore 3D devices that can scan the unnatural post-industrial landscapes in an attempt to fuse the accidental qualities of discovery – such as Willson’s trial and error of calcium carbide – with the mathematical precision of laser-scanned environments. Students will form their own architectural ‘carbide’, a fusion of scans and digital modelling to generate a landscape that materialises from Willson’s place of decay into a new architectural ground.

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