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Topio7's Competition-Winning Eco-Corridor to Transform Greek Coal Mines

06:00 - 21 March, 2017
Topio7's Competition-Winning Eco-Corridor to Transform Greek Coal Mines, The Riparian Forest zone. Image Courtesy of topio7
The Riparian Forest zone. Image Courtesy of topio7

Greek architecture firm topio7 has released image of their competition-winning proposal to create an eco-corridor across former lignite mines in the Western Macedonia region of Greece. Despite its past coal mining activity, the 180,000 Ha region has retained its natural beauty, partly due to the site's inaccessibility and fragmentation. Topio7’s winning proposal, through a measured, sensitive approach, seeks to enhance the area’s natural beauty whilst creating a variety of nodes and eco-corridors to enable public interaction.

Orchard zone. Image Courtesy of topio7 The Meadow zone. Image Courtesy of topio7 The Picnic zone. Image Courtesy of topio7 The Amphitheater zone. Image Courtesy of topio7 + 14

Mine Plug: Didactic Subterranean Architecture

13:00 - 10 January, 2012
© Brandon Mosley
© Brandon Mosley

The Mine Plug proposal, by recent Louisiana Tech graduate Brandon Mosley, explores an innovative technique for appropriating a now defunct mine shaft in the once thriving city of Picher, Oklahoma. The city which peaked at a population of almost 20,000 during the mining boom of the 1900’s, has since suffered the inevitable after effects of such environmentally destructive activities. Designated as a superfund site in 1981 by the EPA, the state of Oklahoma began offering buyouts for residents to relocate in 2005. The remnants from years of lead and zinc mining have left mountains of waste called “chat” on the peripheries of the town, as well as contaminated water and over 14,000 underground voids that threaten the stability of the town above. Read more after the break.