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Linda Schilling Cuellar

857 Atlantic Avenue, New York, United States of America
Urban Designer, her work questions methodological approaches of the architectural discipline, exploring storytelling tools alongside issues of scale and accountability. A William Kinne Fellow, she is currently researching a short film which develops an analysis of this coastal city representation through media and compares it to others in the region and their terraforming activities in an effort to understand local spatial implications of new urban orders brought by financial speculation

Terraforming Earth


In resemblance of it self, everywhere

Terraforming Earth


In resemblance of it self, everywhere
A critical analysis of the social ecologies transformed by the engineering of Earth in pursuit of real estate value extraction
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Type of project
  • New areas of operation

Terraforming has been interpreted as a process that emulates Earth environments outside our planet, i.e the discussions about terraforming Mars. But little attention has been paid to that same process been performed right here on Earth to make certain places, which are often misunderstood as barren, resemble more soft and leisurely landscapes elsewhere. These terraforming activities have only in the last decades been performed at an unprecedented scale, which opens questions regarding the new social ecologies performed by the keepers of these new cities and the ecosystems they care for.
This research project sets to advance the discussion beyond the critiques of the Anthropocene and resource extraction capitalism and challenge the architectural discourse of sustainability surrounding the environmental crisis and climate change by documenting the emergence of new spatial and social relationship between men and their non-human masters in environments fabricated by financial speculation.



Edge shaping on the lagoons of the Ayla project in Aqaba, Jordan. Sep 2018

Empty man made beach, one of seventeen of the Ayla project in Aqaba, Jordan. Sep 2018

Beach with plastic cover remanent on the foreground of the Ayla project in Aqaba, Jordan. Sep 2018

Excavator building the rocky edge that protects the Palm Jumeirah in Dubai form being washed away, Dubai, UAE. Sep 2018

Excavator building the rocky edge that protects the Palm Jumeirah in Dubai form being washed away, Dubai, UAE. Sep 2018

Terraforming Earth


In resemblance of it self, everywhere

Terraforming Earth


In resemblance of it self, everywhere
A critical analysis of the social ecologies transformed by the engineering of Earth in pursuit of real estate value extraction
File under
Type of project
  • New areas of operation

Terraforming has been interpreted as a process that emulates Earth environments outside our planet, i.e the discussions about terraforming Mars. But little attention has been paid to that same process been performed right here on Earth to make certain places, which are often misunderstood as barren, resemble more soft and leisurely landscapes elsewhere. These terraforming activities have only in the last decades been performed at an unprecedented scale, which opens questions regarding the new social ecologies performed by the keepers of these new cities and the ecosystems they care for.
This research project sets to advance the discussion beyond the critiques of the Anthropocene and resource extraction capitalism and challenge the architectural discourse of sustainability surrounding the environmental crisis and climate change by documenting the emergence of new spatial and social relationship between men and their non-human masters in environments fabricated by financial speculation.



Edge shaping on the lagoons of the Ayla project in Aqaba, Jordan. Sep 2018

Empty man made beach, one of seventeen of the Ayla project in Aqaba, Jordan. Sep 2018

Beach with plastic cover remanent on the foreground of the Ayla project in Aqaba, Jordan. Sep 2018

Excavator building the rocky edge that protects the Palm Jumeirah in Dubai form being washed away, Dubai, UAE. Sep 2018

Excavator building the rocky edge that protects the Palm Jumeirah in Dubai form being washed away, Dubai, UAE. Sep 2018


Idea by

Linda Schilling Cuellar
857 Atlantic Avenue
New York
United States of America
Urban Designer, her work questions methodological approaches of the architectural discipline, exploring storytelling tools alongside issues of scale and accountability. A William Kinne Fellow, she is currently researching a short film which develops an analysis of this coastal city representation through media and compares it to others in the region and their terraforming activities in an effort to understand local spatial implications of new urban orders brought by financial speculation