ReclaMARATHON Game: The SHANDONG series – ongoing educational documentary
Name: Christina Strantzali
Institution / Company: Technical University of Crete, La Sapienza University
Name: Abedalrahim AlBawab
Institution / Company: Jordan University of Science and Technology, Technical University of Crete
– FINALIST of REVIVING MINES: SHANDONG PARK Competition
From both the social and environmental viewpoints, the active regeneration of coalfields is an absolute necessity. As a complex and long-lasting process, it gives rise to an essential question: how can it become inclusive and appealing in the long-term?
Our project proposes the creation of a TV series named ReclaMARATHON: a game with rival teams competing in daily reclamation tasks to earn rewards. By gamifying and documenting the reclamation process, ReclaMARATHON becomes both entertaining and educational, where people from all over the world can in turn play and learn.
The teams rehabilitate the disrupted sites with assistance from the ex-mine workers and local builders, thus transforming the landscape “wounds” into recreational parks for the local community equipped with locally needed infrastructures, such as sports and agricultural facilities for Shandong. The players’ accommodation facility is proposed at an ex-mine pit indirectly connected to the villages; when ReclaMARATHON ends, it could serve as a hub for agritourists or artists.
Viewers globally can get more engaged in the show via the ReclaMARATHON App, which provides data about the process and allows further participatory features, like adopting plants through symbolic donations.
This inclusive redevelopment model could serve as a prototype for future mine regeneration.
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