106th ACSA Annual Meeting Proceedings, The Ethical Imperative

Megalith: A Deterrent

Annual Meeting Proceedings

Author(s): Jean Jaminet, Richard Dempsey & Zach Beale

This project proposes landmarkers for a nuclear waste isolation site east of Carlsbad in the desert of New Mexico. Beneath this site lie millions of barrels of radioactive waste, which are required to remain undisturbed for the duration of a ten-thousand-year decay process. As an alternative approach to the monument-meaning problem in architecture, the proposed landmarkers avoid the tendency to assert meaning through immediately consumable metaphors or simple singular associations, instead retain their mysterious character over time and evade total comprehension.

Volume Editors
Amir Ameri & Rebecca O'Neal Dagg