ARCHIVE OF CONTAMINATED SEDIMENTS
belle isle, detroit, mi
Networks Studio: Professor El Hadi Jazairy
- The U.S. – Canada border runs through the middle of the Detroit River, weaving between islands; an invisible border that is manifested only through its opposing shores. Yet the Great Lakes region cannot be divided into two halves, and the Great Lakes Commission on integrated comprehensive development and conservation shows the commitment to bi-national environmental management.
- This project shifts the border into the middle of Belle Isle creating grounds for a zone of exception outside of the sole sovereignty of both nations. A mat-building 100 meters wide rolls through the island landscape, producing a structure for bio-regional governance, management, and research on environmental and industrial issues in the Great Lakes Basin.
- Speculating on the cultural and material value of contaminated sediments, a field-condition of dredged sediment in the Great Lakes is collected, tested, and stored for experimentation and exhibition in the Archive of Contaminated Sediments. Acting as research facility and public archive of the manufactured soils produced from enviro-economic processes and their effects. A combination of environmental chemistry laboratories, educational spaces, lecture halls, and recreational areas culminate in a repositioning of geopolitical boundaries toward an anthropo-geologic inclusion of watersheds embedded in a new ecology of the Grate Lakes and their waterways.