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.