Michaela Prunotto

University of Melbourne

‘Terra’ refers to earth or territory – Australia’s history is contested through the destructive illogic of terra nullius. This project proposes a new concept tool: terrascapes.

A terrascape is a scene of significant geological disturbance, caused by colonial extraction and expansion.

As the beginning of an open project, this atlas explores four terrascapes: the Beech Forest Quarry (where sandstone was extracted), the Westgate Lakes (a former sand mine), Birrarung River (subject to dredging) and a disused car factory (with petrochemical soil contamination).

Each corresponding proposition bares dirty histories for confrontation, while also proposing a programmatic ethic of care and renewal.