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Yifei Guan

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Major project:

Water System Regeneration in Atacama

This research addresses the water shortage crisis in the Chilean Lithium Triangle, by focusing on the water conflict between lithium companies and indigenous communities. This research proposes the use of reservoir and canal ecology and aerodynamics in the implementation of a water system that takes into account specific local climate conditions and information and the technological developments present in various precedents, in order to address water issues through architecture and spatial interaction. The proposal of the research is a regenerated reservoir-canal system, in synergy with the construction of a greenhouse in Camar and an accelerated evaporation catcher above Salar water reservoir. This design is able to provide an efficient system of evaporation while at the same time protecting the environment at micro and macro levels. The system proposed is able to offer a solution to the most pressing agricultural and domestic water problems within the Atacama community, guaranteeing long-term sustainability of local water sources and establishing a stable hydrosphere in the Lithium Triangle region.


  • Previous degrees

  • Graduate Diploma, Interior and Spatial Design, Chelsea College of Art/University of Arts London,2017; Bachelor of Arts, Environment and Arts Design, Tianjin University of Commerce, 2015
Royal College of Art