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Capsula de salvacion




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Created date

April 5, 2019

Critical Commentary

Eight months have passed. The building next door remains empty. Construction crews are working, now in daylight. We no longer stop what we are doing when we hear a siren, worried it’s the city’s earthquake alarm. But the risk is always there. I do stop to read a poster taped to a telephone pole in front of my apartment building. I am taken aback: “Rescue Capsule”. The poster shows what appears to be a large egg. It is 2 meters tall. It is made for a single human. It is built to withstand the impact of a building collapsing upon it. “In Case of a Great Earthquake”. Inside, its inhabitant can survive for 30 days, with water, oxygen and nutrients. LED illumination. It can float should there be a tsunami. It has an alarm built in and can alert you to an earthquake on its own. It has a GPS so that it can be located by rescuers. It requires a lithium battery. The basic model runs 40 thousand pesos, around 2000 dollars. The poster invites me to find out more on Sunday, June 3 at 11 am at a meeting in the park. “We must organize ourselves as responsible citizens and share this information,” the poster reads. It is signed: Social Responsibility Neighborhood Collective. I show my friend the poster. She laughs, “neoliberalsismo”. I google “cápsula de rescate”. I find news coverage celebrating the “boom of anti-earthquake capsules”. The inventor has won a Civil Engineering prize of Mexico City.


This is a photo of a poster I found taped to a telephone pole in front of my apartment building in Mexico City.




Colonia Roma Norte