Recomposing the City is a proposal for a competition seeking ideas for the transition of the La Trobe valley from its role as a coal mining, energy producing region to one with a low-carbon future. The proposal is focussed on generative responses across four key themes: environmental sustainability, economic viability, social inclusion and spatial differentiation.

The generative responses include the repurposing of redundant infrastructure for sustainable energy production; the conversion of disused buildings into manufacturing and research facilities; soil remediation of abandoned mining areas; the creation of timber plantations for carbon sequestration; and engagement with the mining landscape through new recreational infrastructure.

The responses are collaged in a way that eschews hierarchy in favour of layering, which is akin to how coal is formed through the accretion of organic matter.

Collaborator: Ken Baird, architect.

Year: 2012.