In the town of Bowmanville, in the municipality of Clarington, there is a strip of land between a cement plant and a major highway. It is the outcome of processes ancient and modern, biological and machine. It emerged out of policy decisions, local anxieties, and far-reaching economic forces. It is a means of separating, of establishing cultural and physical distance between entities. Its existence is owed to the incompatibility between the practices of industry and the culture of suburbia. And, most importantly, this space undercuts an uncomfortable suburban truth: suburbia is the product of industry. It is an assembly of mass-produced pieces, operating on an expansive complex of corporations extracting, processing, and transporting resources.
This thesis proposes a new typology - a community that merges industry and domesticity, melding their iconography together and making industrial systems visible. Here, we can learn what it means to live with industry. We can flatten landscapes of consumption and landscapes of production to present new opportunities for suburbia. We can become one with the machine. The result is Subindustria, a bio-mechanical community coming soon to a strip of land between a cement plant and a major highway.
Living Module Section axonometric