2010, aftermath of tropical storm Agatha
Sink holes in Guatemala keep turning up in urban locations, taking lives and disrupting the operation of the city. There is still no clear explanation for these holes or any prediction of where others might emerge. This looks like a job for Transparent Earth, or what they’re calling “planet hacking.” One can imagine an architectural competition to program such a space. Rock climbers get priority.
On the note of embedding secrets in the ground, there comes again the question of the timescale that different places can manage. Things change a lot faster in New York than they do in Antarctica, let’s say. And as noted in Into Eternity (see fellow Protocol Architecture critic Jamie Kruse’s article) time is even slower below ground than above it. And yet, different undergrounds have different time scales just like different cities do. The earth in Japan is too seismic, and the earth in Guatemala, we are starting to notice, is also unpredictable. The bedrock in Finland is a lot more dependable over the scale of 10,000s of years. Can someone map the geological activity and variability throughout the world? (this is a request, not a wondering) Now, the fact Finland is rising to the occasion of addressing its nuclear waste issue may or may not be due to their fortunate bedrock situation. What’s more interesting is whether there might be an economy for this type of real estate. Taking care of one’s waste doesn’t sound as sexy as the reasons for such a market given by Protocol Architecture’s final proposal for Berlin’s future (final images will be posted soon).