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A.S. Chen, 'The Architectural Object of Cleansing', AA Experimental 17, 2020
Student Project by Alison Siying Chen, AA Third Year, AA Experimental 17, 2020, for 'The Architectural Object of Cleansing'

The project aims to use the Vaulting intelligence and Earth Casting technique to create the architectural experience of 'Cleansing' for the wellbeing of the mining community in Potosi, Bolivia. The city of Potosi as a model of the mining economy was established around the activities of miner's daily routine. The whole lifestyle of Potosi still sitting on a highly dusty and dipolar way of living. During the era of diminishing ore in the silver mountain Cerro Rico, the modern lifestyle has reached a point of unsustainable balance. The scarcity of water and economic resource resulted in a shortage of sanitary facilities.Miners comfort the side effect of breathing in mining dirt by establishing in cave religion (El Tio) and Coca leaves chewing. The lacking buffer zone before they go straight back into family life intrigues more family conflict and crime. The Architecture will crawl over the steep slope in between the city boundary and mining entrance to become the new community center and attraction point for miners and their families. The Cleansing experience is designed for both physical and spiritual transformation.
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Alison Siying Chen
Intermediate Unit 17
Andrew Yau; Jonas Lundberg
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