Rethinking the Production of Concrete and Speculating on the Architectural Consequences

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Industrial landscapes are the areas within a territory that are oriented towards the concept of production in order to satisfy human needs. Industrial buildings and the landscapes they create are always part of the global warming discussion, as their existence has a negative impact on our planet. In the case of Almaty, industry plays a protagonist role in the country's economy. The strategic role within the New Silk Road Economic Belt increases the importance of the industrial character of the city and the need for a new reading of these landscapes. This need is based not only on the issues arising from the relationship between technology and ecology, but also on the notion of automation expressed in these industrial landscapes. This research is based on a non-anthropocentric theory that shifts its focus from the subject to the object. The name of this cultural theory is New Materialism, which emerged at the end of the 20th century and has become known during the 21st century. The aim of this research is to expand the understanding of the factory through the lenses of New Materialism and to explore how architecture can address these new understandings.