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speculative design

Facing an invisible threat of fungus and bacteria that live on the topsoil of El Paso, Texas. Architecture creates a condition where air mining helps distribute wealth and improve health in low-income communities. Urban developments often overlook significant forces that shape health and disease differentials that are social and economic in origin, so what happens when architecture starts to look at living underground in places where invisible threats are present? What happens when we mine the air to improve land and enhance living conditions? 


A network of underground tunnels in El Paso is designed to transport goods, vehicles, utilities, and people. We can create a reimagined relationship with our existing buildings by implementing electromagnetic poles that clean our air, AI robots that maintain our buildings from the outside, and adding new indoor amenities that bring the outside in. This hyper-industrialization effort can serve as a model for the future.

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