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Ruincarnation

Part 2 Project 2021
Janusz Moore
De Montfort University | UK
Ruincarnation responds to contemporary issues prompted by the political shift post-pandemic. As the UK adapts to these changes, breaking ties with the urban powerhouse, what might the nation look like during its shift back into rural society?

This project looks to the UK’s rust belt as a new avenue for cohabitation and explores key challenges that come when dealing with historical sites subject to dereliction. What are the processes necessary to transform these sites to revive the industrial roots and forgotten communities that ground them? How should we respond to material decay to highlight issues of finiteness and celebrate historical value whilst developing sustainable systems for development?

Like other rust-belt towns and cities, Stoke-on-Trent is defined by its industrial past. The slow decline in industry over the past 30 years has resulted in a parallel deformation of identity. Within its forgotten collieries, steelworks, and potteries, the buildings themselves are in a state of constant entropy, suffering a slow death with little functional purpose but to remind us of their past achievements.

Utilising Chatterley Whitfield Colliery as its anchor site, the project aims to create a new industrial identity for the UK’s rust belt, whilst celebrating its golden era of production.

Janusz Moore

Tutor(s)
Yuri Hadi
Vasilena Vassileva
2021
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