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SAN CARLOS CROSSING

SANTIAGO, CHILE

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A hydroelectric bridge provides low-income residents of Santiago with free electricity while a public market activates the San Carlos Canal.

The San Carlos Canal has been one of Santiago's largest resources, originally engineered to distribute fresh water to arid areas for agriculture. Today, it is a barrier between the affluent west side and the less affluent east side. The San Carlos Crossing proposes a hydroelectric bridge and market to help stitch the two realms together. The energy generated by the hydroelectric bridge is distributed to the nearby poverty-stricken areas, while the market is an opportunity for residents to buy and sell produce and goods.