Project description

Cromarty Firth was once an important military base and an industrial site in Northeastern Scotland, both of which are still signified by the vestiges of physical installations that still sit on its landscape. As we enter the post-industrial zeitgeist that has begun to arise as oil and fuel prices began to slump, and the industrial heritage decommissioned, the question addressed in this design project is: what might the future of post-industrial landscape become, beyond the undesirable aftermath created in the Anthropocene?

The reintroduction of hemp, a historic crop that had once brought prosperity to the Highlands in the 18th century, is to weave together social, ecological, environmental and economic threads to produce a fabric of sustainable growth of an indigenous kind. These intersecting domains create opportunities to boost the economy in a re-localised way with concerted efforts, to abate climate change and increase biodiversity, and to encourage community participation in a renewed socio-ecological economy.

Remediating semi-derelict industrial landscapes such as the quarry site adjacent to Alness, and repurposing it into a Hemp Park, creates an opportunity to explore the extent of using hemp as an instrument for ecological transformation to remediate and regenerate disturbed landscapes. In the more distant future, the Hemp Park would create a productive and dynamic landscape to serve as a precedent for a renewed socio-ecological society that moves the area beyond the Anthropocene track of human dominance.

Contextualising the Post-Industrial

In today’s Cromarty Firth, the deep-rooted colonial, military and industrial heritage are still signified by the vestiges of the physical installations that still sit within the landscape. Human settlements in Cromarty Firth have brought to the area different trades and industries throughout the area’s historical trajectory. Today, over dozens of oil rigs sits in the backdrop of the sea view as a visual installation and reminder of its industrial significance, largely shaping the economic identity of the site.

As we enter the post-industrial zeitgeist that has begun to arise as a result of the decommissioning of the site’s industrial heritage, my project aims to explore the plausibility of promoting the practice of a socially just and ecologically viable development model in Cromarty Firth through the reintroduction of a historic crop - hemp.

DYNAMIC SYSTEMS | Remediating & Regenerating Disturbed Landscapes
DYNAMIC SYSTEMS | Remediating + Regenerating Disturbed Landscapes

Caplich Quarry as an activation site for hemp to remediate and regenerate disturbed industrial sites. Compilation of zones with different functions and degree of design intervention for varying human and more-than-human stakeholders. Social and ecological programmes to encourage community participation for a renewed socio-ecological prototype.

Alness: Prototype Town

Alness is a town located in the mid section of Cromarty Firth with River Averon running between the settlements. Post-industrial and military landscapes near the coastline are still evident by remnants found in these derelict sites. My project uses this part of Cromarty Firth as an experimentation to implement site specific strategies to physical landscapes. As my design objective is to cultivate socio-ecological economies through the reintroduction of hemp, Alness, being an economically deprived town rich with an industrial past, is the chosen activation point for my strategies.

Alness: Activation Point + Prototype Town expand
Mixed Use Dynamic Landscapes
Hemp Park expand
The Hemp Park

Redefining and diversifying a 2km wide piece of land on the edge of Alness into productive, social, and ecological landscapes for a self-sustaining and resilient model. The proposed mixed use site integrates both the human community in the development of the landscape, as well as the more-than-human species which contributes to and benefits from the ecological aspirations of the park.

Mosaics & Heterogeneity expand
Hemp Park Programmes
Hemp Lab & Farming Commons
Large areas of industrial hemp planted for experimentation to be applied to surrounding agricultural lands for localised economic gains
Hemp Lab & Freshwater Invertebrates Habitat expand
Experiential Elevated Walkway expand
Made with Larch timber, the varying levels of experiential elevated walkway surrounds the hemp lab for visitors to experience the impressive height of the industrial crop
Insulating Viewing Box expand
Sheltered rooms for seating and viewing of surrounding landscapes. Made with hempcrete, which is highly insulative, fireproof and very durable.
Exploitation & Rejuvenation
The Hemp Park as a landscape harnessing the exploited during the Anthropocentric era to rejuvenation in the post-industrial paradigm
Skills & Experience
  • 2018-2019 | Morphis Design | Assistant Landscape Architect
  • 2017-2018 | Thinkcol Limited | Visual Designer
  • 2017-2018 | Charles Lam Fashion Blogger | Photography Assistant
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