terra toxicus

surveying the center of a lost mountain

Degree Project

Professor Eva Perez de Vega

Professor Gonzalo Carbajo

with Owen Spangler

By studying the umwelten, or subjective experiences, of several nonhuman species threatened by their proximity to a mountaintop removal mine, an initial human codesigner and new machine learning entity develop the agency to manipulate the abandoned manufactured landscape towards the benefits of these species, making computationally-assisted interspecies empathy possible. In the now-flattened centers of the lost mountains, monuments to new “found” geological strata are restorative for the eco-geo-logical state of the site, promoting healing from the warping of time/sectional developments of geology wrought by the near-instantaneous blasting of the mountain peaks.

Mayfly Umwelt
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Mayfly Umwelt
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West Ridge
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West Ridge Chunk
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North Edge
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Hobet Topography
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Found Strata 2
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Found Strata 1
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Longwall Collective Landscape
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Tailing Collective Landscape
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Ridge Collective Landscape
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Longwall Collage
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AR base
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Section
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Slurry Pond Umwelt
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Ridge Umwelt
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Tailing Umwelt
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Longwall Umwelt
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Hobet Section
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Hobet 21 Coal Mine Site Plan
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