20 November 2011

A Mine is a Terrible Thing to Waste

Posted by John Freeland

Here in the United States, mine reclamation typically focuses on returning the site to some semblance of its former condition. Given enough time, money and effort, it can turn out pretty well. However, results are mixed and many old abandoned mine lands continue to cause problems.

Elsewhere around the world, some creative geo-architects are finding some amazing uses for mines. Jessica Drake, who blogs, teaches, does research, and writes from the Australia National University, describes some clever adaptations of mine spaces, including a wedding chapel. (What better way to express depth of committment?)

Here’s the article:
From Mine to Wine: Creative uses for old holes in the ground