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April 27, 2016
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November 30, 2016



the test bed: hoover dam cactus cooperative

the hoover dam cactus cooperative is a revitalise program takes place at the disused hoover dam. nasa predicts las vegas will run out of water and electricity by 2030. the proposal at that site is a hypothetical projection into the year 2050, at a time when the water level feeding the hoover dam will be too low to sustain las vegas’ thirst for hydroelectric power. the hdcc investigates the uses of cacti technology to harvest energy generated by the cacti.

the project explores the uses of cacti technology in the design of a mechanism to harvest and store power generated by the cacti. cactus energy devices on the large scale transform the water reservoir that once ran the hoover dam into an energy reservoir that harvests and stores electricity. it proposes a vision of future in signature aesthetics, where cacti are used as a power resource - a distinct mix between high-tech and poetic imagery in which plants functions as a beautification and renewable energy ingredients. the hoover dam cactus cooperative can be seen as a critical yet utopian vision on the future of our planet, where mankind and nature have made a pact to survive.


advisors: pascal bronner, thomas hillier

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