The Circle of Life
The Circle of Life is a project that attempts to engage the duality of the life cycles of personal protective equipment and human beings across the San Diego - Tijuana border in a pandemic age. In an age where hospitals are dangerous and interaction is deterred, securing a stable source of ppe has become difficult for the elderly and patients with pre-existing medical conditions who live far from hospitals and the main stream of ppe movement. Furthermore, there are zero means of sustainable disposal of these said ppe. The Circle of Life seeks to establish a community and a community land trust that is friendly to old age and medical conditions from the discarded cycles of society and the built environment, starting with a monument covering a ppe to energy pyrolysis system. In addition to providing an emergency gas and electricity supply for each community, the monument would also have spaces added on top of the system that leverage the use of the byproducts from the pyrolysis cycle (heat for steam rooms and steam sanitized laundry rooms, carbon dioxide for growing food, and an emergency hot water supply from the residual system cooling water) that cater to the medical and day-to-day needs of the residents. The hope is not to keep everyone trapped within a compound, but to provide all the necessary resources for survival at only a few steps away. To reward people for sustainable disposal of the equipment they need to survive today, while stopping the flow of residential medical waste to landfills that would only make people sicker. To create a sense of community, and more importantly, family, in a time of desperate need.