Territories of Territory Extraction


Territories of Territory Extraction explores the Singapore Strait: a unique geographical pressure point in the international sand trade, an area where the intersection of economics, environmentalism, and geopolitics is made manifest through architecture. Singapore is the largest global importer of sand, using aggregate for landfill, infrastructure, and cultural projects to maintain the city-state’s high standard of living and international influence.

Territories of Territory Extraction proposes a living map of the sand trade in the Singapore Strait, creating a resource that cross-references and tracks past and future geopolitical and spatial changes. As sand miners literally dredge islands beneath the waves, national borders are being re-drawn wholesale, with economic, spatial, and political aftershocks on both sides of the ledger.

Singapore’s tale should be a cautionary one. Territories of Territory Extraction examines a future that has arrived ahead of schedule, and lays the groundwork for architecture in an era of scarcity.

Territories of Territory Extraction has been supported by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.

Galen Pardee is a designer and researcher in New York City.

Founder, “Territories of Territory Extraction”

Brandeis University + Columbia University GSAPP Graduate.

Co-founding FARMer.


galen.pardee (at) gmail (dot) com

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