PROFESSOR: Michael Jacobs of Omni Architects
COLLABORATOR: Abisai Martinez
Rural Renewal of Eastern Kentucky Mine Site.
The Somewhere Project investigates the post-industrial landscapes of Appalachia, speculating on the “reclamation” and transformation of a former coal mining site into a new landscape and home for a cultural institution. With the decline of the coal mining industry in Kentucky at the beginning of the 21st century, and the necessary transition of the global economic system away from carbon and towards renewable energy sources, the question becomes how to address the legacy of extractive industries economically, aesthetically, ecologically and socially.