Soil City is an imagined future city where the once abundant natural resource of Top soil is running out. Soil City imagines that the extinction of top soil is imminent, and that a new civilisation has set about the difficult task of cultivating, and protecting, this newly valuable commodity. The project imagines a society which is structured around the high value associated to top soil, where the wealthy store miniature gardens in the vaults of the central soil bank, and where workers dredge through the domestic organic waste dumping grounds on the periphery of Greenwich Peninsula in an attempt to speed up the process of soil production. Soil City takes a critical stance on dissolution of natural resources and the impending high value associated with its demise. While Soil City celebrates all things of soil, it is also mired in a certain doom – an end to the natural growth of things.
Advanced Architecture Design, MArch, RIBA PT II, University of Greenwich.