MArch Architecture (ARB/RIBA part II)
Landfill Mining for the 22nd Century
This project proposes a vast mobile building that extracts valuable metals and artefacts from the Packington landfill site near Birmingham airport. Packington is the largest landfill in the UK and contains approximately 35 million tonnes of waste. After its extraction, valueless waste is transformed into black plasma rock, a non-toxic, strong and dense material, and used for constructing architectural interventions that the building leaves in its wake. After 100 years of excavating, sorting and recovering valuable materials from the originally 55m high hill, a waste museum across the newly flattened landscape is formed.