Mining is among the top economic sectors in British Columbia. Sustained future demand for fossil fuels will stimulate ongoing mining operations and expand the already significant sites of resource extraction. Currently, over 148,000 acres are already devoted to mining in B.C., and with ongoing territorial expansions and technological innovations, this number is almost certain to increase in the coming decades. At the same time, most active mines will cease production in the next 25 years. What happens to these sites after closure? What opportunities do post-extraction sites provide for the creation of new types of productive social, environmental and economic landscapes? How can transitional uses be phased? How can current mining operations and reclamation strategies be altered to allow the public to become more connected to the landscapes during and after mining operations? How do concepts such as the Anthropocene, peak oil, climate change, resilience and sustainability impact energy generation practices and reclamation strategies?
Join the Landscapes of Extraction group and professionals at the Landscapes of Extraction Roundtable on the afternoon of March 30th 2016 at the University of British Columbia. This transdisciplinary event seeks to establish a collaborative environment between academics, design professionals, and mining/reclamation specialists in order to better understand each disciplines roles in the mining process, see examples of successful mining projects from the perspective of each discipline, and to begin a discussion about innovative spatial, programmatic and ecological landscapes pre, during, and post mining processes.
Landscapes of Extraction is a trans-disciplinary research collaboration between the Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering and the School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at UBC with a goal of establishing new connections between UBC and the broader professional design and mining communities in British Columbia. This roundtable is made possible by the generous support of UBC Sustainability.
Kees Lokman, Assistant Professor, UBC SALA
Joe Dahmen, Assistant Professor, UBC SALA
Dirk Van Zyl, Professor, Norman B. Keevil Institute of Mining Engineering, UBC