anthropologic archive / algae and oyster production / environmental justice center
professor jonas coersmeier
Located in the community of sunset park, ulterior ruins is a regeneration of a former coal power plant that sits at a forgotten and secluded corner along the east river, which the urban spelunking community considers a crown jewel among New York City’s many offerings.
The immediate surroundings have been, as Smilijan Radic would say “subjected to the tradition of neglect and shrouded in lack.” Yet the current ruins express that a story took place. Both the history and the future of the building are uncertain, as nature continues to reclaim the building and site, new contexts must be made to ensure the past is respected and new histories are made.