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Noa Mori

Hi, I’m Noa (she/they). I’m an artist, writer, designer, researcher, synthetic biologist, and organizer. I’m fascinated by urban political ecologies, socio-technical-ecological systems, and futurist animisms. I dream of expansive futures not flattened by a colonial conception of the future as a fixed destination to be controlled.

I am a lo-fi bedroom-synth pop producer and a bioplastic designer/engineer/environmental strategist.

You can reach me by email, and find me on instagram and are.na.

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Toxic City

Bayview Hunters Point, San Francisco, is the city’s last remaining predominantly Black neighborhood and the ongoing site of struggle against displacement and environmental injustice. The neighborhood houses the highly hazardous Hunters Point Shipyard. Abandoned by the US Navy in 1974, the shipyard bears the palimpsest of a century's worth of toxic waste, a by-product of the shipbuilding and repair industry.

The first part of this project constructs an analytic of waste, race, and space drawing on theories from critical geography, science and technology studies, and planning studies. The second part queries the possibility for spatial practice and design to challenge the production of differential urban experience. Through mapping, poetry, and illustration, this project intervenes in the traditional narrative of progress in Brownfield Redevelopment, conceiving of an ongoing process of social and economic remediation alongside ecological cleanup.

December 2019
Brown University Honors Thesis 

garbage has to be the poem of our time because
garbage is spiritual, believable enough
to get our attention, getting in the way, piling
up, stinking, turning brooks brownish and
creamy white: what else deflects us from the
errors of our illusionary ways, not a temptation
to trashlessness, that is too far off and,
anyway, unimaginable, unrealistic . . .

(Ammons 1993; as quoted in Moore 2012)

Developer’s proposed land use, including: green space (green), housing (orange), office & retail (grey)

Radioactive & ‘impacted’ sites

Topography & Buildings; created with python script

Projected sea level rise: 1.2m (dark blue), 1.7, (medium blue), 2.7m (light blue)