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FieldWork

Part 2 Project 2007
Justin Hayes
University College Dublin Dublin Ireland
The systematic harvesting of the central boglands of Ireland for energy production has scarred the midland landscape leaving 80,000 hectares of post-industrial cutaway bog.

FieldWork is an investigation into the continued process of re-casting of the land and attempts to provide potential opportunites for the site's unknown future by strategically re-interpreting its historical and cultural memories.

A new layer of infrastructure is constructed from the by-product of the peat power stations, making the large land bank accessible to the public whilst also defining new landscape rooms for agriculture, new eco-industries, recreation and wetland marshes. The re-structuring of the land will encourage and support new ecologies whilst also returning the midland landscape into a natural carbon sink.

Justin Hayes


Cast within a context of the mechanical harvesting and near exhaustion of peat resources within Ireland, FIELDWORK represents a comprehensive investigation and strategic reinterpretation of the extensive midland bogs, achieving a re-structuring of this culturally potent landscape in a manner sufficiently indeterminant to enable a recasting of its use without loss of historical, mythological or cultural status.

Archaeological, industrial and ideological histories inform the network of landrooms, a reserve for agriculture and recreation, while hovering overhead the attenuated form of a water resevoir operates on the scale of the geographic, reinforcing larger orders across the landscape, simultaneous to serving for recreation as well as the industrial processes of a hemp panel factory sheltered below. A potent balance of pragmatism and the sublime, from geographic strategy to constructed detail, the proposal envisions a complex and culturally rich future for the Irish Midlands.

2007
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