Extraction in the American West: Shaping Physical Landscape and Cultural Identity

Spring 2023 GGR Recipient

Charlotte Pitts (Architecture)

This funding will support my Masters of Architecture graduate thesis project, which will examine the possible spatial and conceptual future for post-mining landscapes in the intermountain American West. In particular, I will advance a multi-disciplinary, multi-scalar, and systems-based approach to understand hardrock mining sites like the Gold King Mine in Silverton, Colorado. Through on-site documentation of the landscape and the community, I will be able to produce a unique account of the environment that will deeply inform the development and execution of the project throughout the coming year.