Yheu-Shen Chua has imagined a revision of the Hoover Dam that would put curious visitors at the center of the immense structure.
The Tower in a Dam project would set the precedent for designing public utilities so that they are something to be marveled at rather than ignored.
If future public facilities of Hoover Dam scale or even smaller used designs like the Tower in a Dam, we might take better care of our infrastructure. When we design things with too much utility in mind, we tend to think that they never degrade or require repairs. But if our infrastructure is something we regard as beautiful then we will maintain it often, not when the worst happens.