Reclaiming the planet

Reclaiming the Planet is a speculative architectural research project on the history and future of extraction and industrial agricultural landscapes in the Quebec region of Abitibi-Témiscamingue lead by Dr. Orit Halpern. The Research-Studio engages the impacts of new technologies on forestry, agriculture, and mining industries and proceeds to ask how we will inhabit these landscapes in the future and how we might design post-extractionary futures.

We examine the changing landscape of extraction, the impact of artificial intelligence and big data on agriculture, forestry and mining and envision new more sustainable and equitable futures.

The project is funded by the Swiss national science foundation (sinergia grant) and the FQRSC audace gran.

RECLAIMING THE PLANET is a collaborative research project by the Speculative Life Research Cluster at the Milieux Institute at Concordia University, the Mining and Environment (RIME) Research Lab at UQAT and the Faculty of Planning at the School of Architecture of UdeM.