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Geothermal Futures Lab

Southern California Institute of Architecture

Los Angeles, California


A collaborative laboratory installation produced by Mark Foster Gage Architects, the Southern
California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) and the Yale School of Architecture constructed in
Los Angeles. The laboratory researched the potentials of laser ablation geothermal resonance
technologies that are capable of generating up to nineteen times more power than existing
geothermal energy extraction techniques. Visitors could observe this prototype laser extraction
process live as it showcased a method through which it may soon be possible to increase
California’s reliance on sustainable geothermal sources of power from its existing state of 6% in
2018 to 68% in upcoming decades.


Using the laser ablation geothermal resonance techniques, combined with omega-3 fatty acid genetic refocusers, an array of ten parafrictional mechanisms along the San Andreas Fault were designed to extract a total of two million kilowatt-hours of sustainable geothermal power each day that was used to power the greater downtown Los Angeles area. The researched technology capitalized on the unique tungsten-saturated substrate of the San Andreas fault through the use of a visible-light Q-switched Nd:YAG lasers, tuned to extract sustainable magno-electrical energy from +678 degree Kelvin supercritical water deposits located adjacent to a stable magma chamber 9.4km beneath the Earth’s surface. This supercritical water, that behaved both as liquid and gas, was vaporized through 3,780-degree Kelvin bursts which at peak power induce a supercritical matter state releasing energy in
exponential excess of its matter equivalent. The presence of heterogeneous frequency fields in
metal deposits along the strike-slipping continental plates supercharge the pockets of supercritical water with magnetic/genetic muons which were forced upwards with velocity µ as a result of the pressure gradient along the vertical faults. Due to the variable decay rate of metals in the presence of such high trajectory muons, the prototype laser resonance mechanism itself was encased in an experimental phenolic cured resin foam (Cas no. 000050-00- 0 with a normal specific gravity of 120 kg/m3) which insulated the process from outside magnetic interference. For rapid muon decay protection, the foam resin was additionally coated with the same 7µm micrometer nano-gold foil used to encase existing NASA satellites. This film of gold nano- molecules gives the machine its striking gold aesthetic appearance.



†† None of the above scientific information is true, although the exhibition and collaboration
were real. Please visit the project website at to learn more about this
parafictional project by Mark Foster Gage Architects.


Geothermal Futures Lab
Geothermal Futures Lab - Energy Welling
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Geothermal Futures Lab - Component Cloud
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Geothermal Futures Lab - Component Chunk
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Geothermal Futures Lab - Cheeseburger Machine
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