speculative design

summer 21

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 to low-income communities. Urban developments often overlook major 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 as a tactic to improve land and enhance living conditions? 


Using a series of underground tunnels in El Paso, this network is envisioned to transport goods, vehicles, utilities, and people. A reimagined relationship to existing buildings using electromagnetic poles that can clean our air, AI robots that maintain our buildings from the outside, and new indoor amenities that bring the outside in, will bring a hyper-industrialization effort that can be used as a model for the future.