earthworks for the gods

from the air,

on my way to Calama, a city thriving from the natural resource industry like Chuquicamata, an open-pit copper mine that rivals Bingham Canyon Mine in Utah as the largest in the world.

LAN flight #156 tunes my senses away from the intricately knotted diverse architectural fabric of Valparaiso to the immensely woven larger than architectural scale of Chile’s Northern landscapes.  from the plane, this isotropic voided landscape, sometimes occurring as a mark, other times as a cavity, becomes comprehendible as a entity. in plan and from this distance, one can see traced patterns revealing limits and edges from functions occurring on-ground.  my hunt for the edge raises the question of how might people dwell at the scale of city-sin-houses while retaining the imagination of both dichotomies.

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