The project explores the flows of radioactive material in the landscape of Fukushima, Japan. This material is constantly migrating: Naturally by nature's dispersion through forests and rivers, and artificially by the operation of decontamination which involves removal of the top soil and storing it.
By challenging the problematic of temporarily storing the soil a new way of inhabitation is proposed. Manipulating the site condition is done through an architecture that enables not only inhabitation but cultivation of the land, as well as creates a sustainable future for the community.
The project is based on a field trip to Fukushima, Japan.
In March 2011 the Great Tohoku earthquake and tsunami hit the Northeastern coast of Japan and swept away the lives of more than 15,000 people.
On the Fukushima coast, the Daiichi nuclear power plant was inundated by the tsunami waves which destroyed the reactors' cooling systems and led to several meltdowns and hydrogen explosions.
Radioactive material was thus dispersed across the Fukushima landscape and forced people as far as 60 kilometres from the plant to evacuate.
Fukushima became an anti-landscape, hostile to human inhabitation with zones and fenced off areas, abandonment and decay.
The final proposal is informed by research on three topics: Decontamination (artificial waste migration), sedimentation (natural waste migration) and deposition.
To be continued...