Culture of Energy: Rethinking the Inherent Value of Landscapes of Energy Extraction
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This thesis proposes to transition the rapidly depleting Kern River Oil Field into a cultural, recreational, and productive resource that embraces the historic value and productive potential of the site. This project uses the incremental depletion of the field's oil deposits as a timeline for the reoccupation and transition of the landscape into a multi-use space. Three initial interventions seek to reconnect the oil field with the community by marking a new recreational entrance to the field, creating a path that traverses the industrial landscape, and establishing a gallery space for artistic and interpretive exhibitions. Over time renewable energy systems will overlay onto and within the current infrastructure in order to reuse and adapt existing systems, thereby ensuring this landscape of energy maximizes its productive potential and cultural meaning well into the future.
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