Liquid Tectonics

Yellowstone, Wyoming


Heat can alter substances’ states and shapes, and the changing can further trigger interacting movements due to the material qualities of different substances. In the case of the Yellowstone caldera, one of the most geologically active places of the world, it’s geothermal activity made evident through geysers and hot springs which are just a slight portion of the series of transformations that originated from the outer core of the earth. When the system meets the surface, an intricate circulation of different water sources, rocks and heat is formed.


This project aims at revealing the different modes in which heat triggers and alters the geological movements. Rocks, perceived as solid and static, can be melted and transported; heated groundwater under pressure can be aggressive and extremely dynamic. The findings of the project have the potential of setting a new scenario of architectonic possibilities between different materialities and thermal conditions.


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