Heal the Scar

“When we turn to reuse and redesign of previously destroyed landscapes, we may find surprising, sometimes unimaginable possibilities emerging”1.

Various quarry and mine sites in the state of Victoria, as well as in Australia and around the world, are being rapidly exhausted, and require closure and rehabilitation to prevent ongoing environmental damage. These sites are leaving behind a scar in the landscape, and their closures have led to major economic and social impacts on nearby communities.

A recent example is the Alcoa site in Anglesea, Victoria, which was closed in mid-2015. Here, a resolution has yet to be found to deal with this derelict site and its growing impacts on the environment and the community of Anglesea. Moreover, as demonstrated by various other leading international post-industrial projects, this site presents a significant economic, social and environmental opportunity for regeneration, adaptive reuse and activation.

Drawing upon industry partner collaboration with Grimshaw Architects, the research involves the investigation of long-term ecological, social and economic sustainable rehabilitation options for closed or exhausted quarry and mine sites including their surrounding human and natural environments. The research will identify international case-study sites for benchmarking, such as the Eden Project in the UK. The outputs of this research will inform sustainable rehabilitation and regeneration opportunities for similar sites in Australia and globally.

Led by Dr Phil Roös, the research team will use the four-quadrant model of the IDF framework as a guide to investigate the individual and collective (societal) aspects of potential rehabilitation propositions as well as quantitative performance criteria (both at local and regional scale) to investigate integrated social, economic and environmental sustainability outcomes for the case-study site.

The Eden Project in the UK is used as a benchmark case study to inform the research for the Heal the Scar project.

Project team

Deakin University School of Architecture and Built Environment

Dr Phillip B. Roös
Project Lead & Regenerative Design
Professor David Jones
Cultural & Land-use Planning
Professor Des Smith
Mr Josh Zeunert
Landscape Architecture
Ms Melissa Chan
TBL & Construction Economics

Deakin University Faculty of Science Engineering & Built Environment

Mr Neil Stonell
Principal – Grimshaw
Professor Carol Boyle
Infrastructure & Engineering
Dr David Halliwell
Stakeholder Engagement
Dr Tim Tutt
Aquatic Chemistry

External partners

Dr Phillip B. Roös
Project Lead & Regenerative Design
Ms Alison Potter
Associate - Grimshaw
Mr Cameron Ritter
Principal - Grimshaw
Mr Simon Anson
Associate Principal - Grimshaw
Mr Matt Baida
Mine site Rehabilitation – Independent, Sweden
Mr Dennis Williamson
Ecology & Environment Impacts – Geoscene International
Dr Murray Herron
Spatial GIS Analysis & Mapping - Independent
Mr Chuck Donley
Spatial GIS Analysis & Mapping – Donley & Associates, USA

1 Kuhn, R 2012 Redesigning wounded landscape - the IBA workshop in Lusatia, Jovia Verlag GmbH, Berlin, p. 6