Resource Bargaining

Related Staff : Eric H Schuldenfrei

Student: Cheung Toby
Student Instructor: Eric Schuldenfrei

Resources lead to exploitations and developments; cities also grow around resources.

There are two important resources in our daily lives: water resources and energy resources.

As technology becomes more advance, we build ambitious infrastructure to make our daily lives more convenient. The connection between resources becomes more and more easy. Boundary and location is no longer a problem. Mega infrastructures can extend thousands of miles to reach mineral and energy resources. These connection spines, other than creating monotonic landscapes, can other values be added?

As the Chinese government is going to construct a mega water pipeline from Bohai to Xinjiang in the coming years. Its thirst to exploit resources in the region has created a political imbalance relationship with Xinjiang. Xinjiang is rich in fossil fuels and renewable energy resource such as solar energy and wind energy. Its important geographical border location also interests the Chinese government to exploit the region. Mega infrastructures have been built in past years to speed up local industries development and resources harvest. However, the industries boom does not benefit local people and communities. My thesis attempts to change this situation by introducing a flexible, adoptable yet self-sustained infrastructural system along the going-to-be built water pipeline to stimulate growth and to facilitate a trade of resources.

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