This project intends to confront the post-industrial transformation of natural landscapes through the implementation of networked and overlapping technological systems of organization. Using the Marconi Wireless Network as a precedent, the project initially analyzed the means by which wireless communication networks were created as connections between defined transmission stations. Each station was equipped with a radio antenna, a means to power the antenna, and employees to manage the signals. Yet, upon further development of communications technology, both the Marconi network in its early form, and the stations that served it, became obsolete and were disassembled. In present times only the tower pylons are left of these stations, as their ties to surrounding places were temporary and conditional only upon the internal operation of the transatlantic network.  My thesis is that a new relation between technology and landscape, based in the acknowledgment of local social and ecological frameworks, can counteract the rapid obsolescence that communication and navigational technologies face in their natural sites.  Projections of declining annual sea ice extents have made the Arctic Ocean the new frontier for global capitalism. In addition to plans to further map the frozen ocean’s floor and develop the navigational infrastructure for international shipping routes, several mineral extraction facilities have been begun exploration and production within the Arctic Circle. Though enabled by a warming climate, these large-scale organizations of transportation and production have neglected to work with the region’s omnipresent climatic conditions, and, similar to their industrial precedents, have failed to acknowledge their intersection with local cultural conditions, especially Inuit lifestyles that remain based on hunting and fishing. As an alternative response to these tendencies, this project proposes a new process for the conversion of the natural to the man-made through the interweaving of disparate cultural forces in order to resist depletion and obsolescence.  Along these lines, a shared system of navigation and resource production will be created. Mineral extraction infrastructures will be re-programmed and channeled into existing migration networks to double as floe edge beacons and seasonal stations for hunters, miners, fishermen, and the occasional researcher. Thus, the architecture is embedded in the reorganization of the territory’s technological systems and is manifest physically at the specific moments of their confluence.
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 This project intends to confront the post-industrial transformation of natural landscapes through the implementation of networked and overlapping technological systems of organization. Using the Marconi Wireless Network as a precedent, the project initially analyzed the means by which wireless communication networks were created as connections between defined transmission stations. Each station was equipped with a radio antenna, a means to power the antenna, and employees to manage the signals. Yet, upon further development of communications technology, both the Marconi network in its early form, and the stations that served it, became obsolete and were disassembled. In present times only the tower pylons are left of these stations, as their ties to surrounding places were temporary and conditional only upon the internal operation of the transatlantic network.  My thesis is that a new relation between technology and landscape, based in the acknowledgment of local social and ecological frameworks, can counteract the rapid obsolescence that communication and navigational technologies face in their natural sites.  Projections of declining annual sea ice extents have made the Arctic Ocean the new frontier for global capitalism. In addition to plans to further map the frozen ocean’s floor and develop the navigational infrastructure for international shipping routes, several mineral extraction facilities have been begun exploration and production within the Arctic Circle. Though enabled by a warming climate, these large-scale organizations of transportation and production have neglected to work with the region’s omnipresent climatic conditions, and, similar to their industrial precedents, have failed to acknowledge their intersection with local cultural conditions, especially Inuit lifestyles that remain based on hunting and fishing. As an alternative response to these tendencies, this project proposes a new process for the conversion of the natural to the man-made through the interweaving of disparate cultural forces in order to resist depletion and obsolescence.  Along these lines, a shared system of navigation and resource production will be created. Mineral extraction infrastructures will be re-programmed and channeled into existing migration networks to double as floe edge beacons and seasonal stations for hunters, miners, fishermen, and the occasional researcher. Thus, the architecture is embedded in the reorganization of the territory’s technological systems and is manifest physically at the specific moments of their confluence.
This project intends to confront the post-industrial transformation of natural landscapes through the implementation of networked and overlapping technological systems of organization. Using the Marconi Wireless Network as a precedent, the project initially analyzedthe means by which wireless communication networks were created as connections between defined transmission stations. Each station was equipped with a radio antenna, a means to power the antenna, and employees to manage the signals. Yet, upon further development ofcommunications technology, both the Marconi network in its early form, and the stations that served it, became obsolete and were disassembled. In present times only the tower pylons are left of these stations, as their ties to surrounding places were temporary and conditional onlyupon the internal operation of the transatlantic network.My thesis is that a new relation between technology and landscape, based in the acknowledgment of local social and ecological frameworks, can counteract the rapid obsolescence that communication and navigational technologies face in their natural sites.Projections of declining annual sea ice extents have made the Arctic Ocean the new frontier for global capitalism. In addition to plans to further map the frozen ocean’s floor and develop the navigational infrastructure for international shipping routes, several mineral extraction facilities have been begun exploration and production within the Arctic Circle. Though enabled by a warming climate, these large-scale organizations of transportation and productionhave neglected to work with the region’s omnipresent climatic conditions, and, similar to their industrial precedents, have failed to acknowledge their intersection with local cultural conditions, especially Inuit lifestyles that remain based on hunting and fishing. As an alternative response to these tendencies, this project proposes a new process for the conversion of the natural to the man-made through the interweaving of disparate cultural forces in order to resist depletion and obsolescence.Along these lines, a shared system of navigation and resource production will be created. Mineral extraction infrastructures will be re-programmed and channeled into existing migration networks to double as floe edge beacons and seasonal stations for hunters, miners, fishermen, and the occasional researcher. Thus, the architecture is embedded in the reorganization of the territory’s technological systems and is manifest physically at the specific moments of their confluence.
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