A Landfill Reclamation Project: an Observatory that Observes the Self

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"Transparency- the ability to see into and understand the inner workings of a landscape- is an absolutely essential ingredient to sustainability"

-Robert Thayer from "Green World, Green Heart"

Current land filling practices that bury waste and debris below layers of earth and synthetic caps do not take into account the potential of reclamation of the site after the landfill debris has become stable. As development and consumerism increases, the need for land reclamation grows stronger, as earth will succumb to overabundance of human excessiveness. Can a space be created that not only reclaims land, but also exposes what is hidden- in order to educate the public on the importance of recycling and sustainability? Is it possible to design a space that addresses the issues and culture of the past, present and future, particular to a geographic site? Can landscape architects use landscape as an educational medium for self-discovery?

Landill Reclamation, Methane Production, Self-discovery in the Landscape, Waste Management, Phytoremediation, Fauquier County