Ghost industries, Industrial water landscapes on the Willamette River in Oregon.
About the conference :
The lecture examines the transformation of former industrial areas and the implications of the design of reuse with aesthetics, context, history and memory, public space and reclamation of contaminated soils. Through a critical investigation of these specific themes, it provides a challenging conceptual framework related to the 'sense of remaking' and 'place making' of those former industrial areas and polluted landscapes. More specifically, the impact of the former Oregonian industry on the Willamette River landscape will be explored with a focus on how projects of transformation interpret the triangular interplay between industry, landscape and water.
About the speaker :
Irene Curulli is an Assistant Professor in Architectural Design at the Eindhoven University of Technology (NL). Her primary research and teaching interest is the revitalization of former industrial sites, with a focus on water-related landscapes. She is currently investigating industrial heritage sites reuse with respect to water and climate change issues. She was awarded the ‘Lawrence Halprin Fellowship’ by the Cornell University and was a Visiting Scholar at the University of Oregon and the Gdansk University of Technology. She has lectured on her research topic throughout Europe and USA and was a jury member at Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of the ‘Ghost Industries’ (2018), ‘The Making and Remaking of Dismissed Industrial Sites’ (2014) and ‘Industrial Canal Waterfronts in The Netherlands’ (2012).