The Gold Mine - Royal Academy Summer Show

Nic Clear (Architect), Hyun Jun Park (Designer), Mike Aling (Designer), Simon Withers (Designer)

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The Gold Mine
The Gold Mine is a project for a post-scarcity city set in a post-singularity future and located in the Thames Estuary on Canvey Island.
The Gold Mine is intended to test speculative concepts taken from literary science fiction within the context of a formal architectural project and is seen as an alternative model for urban design at a time when neo-liberal ideologies dominate our thinking on the city.
The Gold Mine is a thought experiment intended to re-ignite debate around the issue of Utopia and possibility of a radically different conception of human society.
The Gold Mine explicitly draws upon speculative architectural projects such as Constant Nieuwenhuis’s New Babylon and science-fiction utopias such as Iain M Banks The Culture.
The Gold Mine is an attempt to imagine a future that is not dominated by the narrow concerns of late capitalism but to create an architecture
that sees as its goal the creation of a society that is developed for the betterment of all its members and not simply one that is trying to be slightly-less worse for a few.
The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition is one of the largest open submission, each year it is curated by a leading Royal Academician, in 2015 the Architecture Room was curated by Ian Ritchie. Selection is achieved through a two-stage process, the first is by an electronic submission the second is through aphysical process.
The whole Gold Mine model was submitted though only three panels were selected.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherRoyal Acacdemy of Arts
EditionSummer Show 2015
Publication statusPublished - 8 Jun 2015
EventRoyal Academy Summer Exhibition 2015 - Main Galleries, Burlington House, London, United Kingdom
Duration: 8 Jun 201516 Aug 2015


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  • 60 Second Architecture

    Hyun Jun Park (Organiser), Jinsook Kim (Organiser), Jun Yeol Lee (Organiser) & Nic Clear (Member of programme committee)

    5 Jun 201525 Jul 2015

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