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Water Miner imagines a future Johannesburg in which climate catastrophe forces citizens to live in the gold mines beneath the city. Part architectural rendering, part graphic novel, the work tells a dystopian story with a utopian turn.

Joburg’s residents build subterranean smart homes and 3D printers to provide them with food. They regreen the city from the ground up, harvesting climate-adaptive crops, and transform the downtown high-rises into research centres and water-monitoring stations. In time, catastrophe becomes a force for renewal.

AZ Awards 2021 Finalist: Water Miner – Johannesburg 2050

Water Miner imagines a future Johannesburg in which climate catastrophe forces citizens to live in the gold mines beneath the city.

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2013
Award of MeritA+ Award for Student Work
Team
Aaron Choi and Diego Valencia, with Brett Berger, Christine Phu, Kim Stevenson and faculty member Philip Horton, Arizona State University
2013
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Location
Buffalo, New York
Designers
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2018
Award of MeritA+ Award for Student Work
School
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Team
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