NUCLEAR – landmarker for a waste isolation site

How do we design architecture with a message that could endure for millennia?

Since the Cold War, one of the most challenging and urgent tasks facing governments around the world has been the disposal of transuranic nuclear waste. As a by-product from nuclear weaponry production, high-level waste is not only harmful, but also boasts a formidable decay process lasting thousands of years. To address this issue, millions of barrels of highly radioactive waste have been buried in repositories deep beneath the earth’s surface. To ensure public safety, it is imperative that sites remain undisturbed for the duration of the waste’s decay process. arch out loud is releasing the NUCLEAR competition to seek architectural proposals for markers.   These landmarks will serve to warn future societies of the dangers of such a site.

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