INNOVATION AROUND THE WORLD
BAMBOO WATER CATCHER
Designed by Italian architect Arturo Vittori and his firmArchitecture and Vision, the 12m-tall WarkaWater2 is lined with a porous textile that can collect water in a variety of climates. The firm has built and tested ten full-scale prototypes, and this month it will launch a pilot project in small Ethiopian towns, such as Tulu Bolo, to install the structures in local communities.
The WarkaWater2 is inspired by nature: Vittori and his team studied the water-collecting properties of the Namib beetle's shell, lotus flower leaves and various cacti. They used a composite material of reeds and nylon to enhance their containers' condensation and water flow properties.
SKY WELL TOWER
Project for eVolo skyscraper competition, 2013. With Piotr Blicharski, Michał Głowienka, Marek Wojda.
Proposed Sky-Well Tower is located on a hilltops of Himalaya’s mountains frontier collect clean water from fog. The architectural intervention brings silence for local communities and becomes sustainable adaptation to climate changes.
Each tensegrity construction made of wooden bars and metal tendon is layered by modular pieces of membrane. Idea of construction gives porosity to the cylindrical tower in order to allow humid airs penetration. Moreover, structure is a mix of locally crafted bars and high-tech membranes. Foundations create a water tank which hilltop’s location doesn’t require additional pumps to transport water to surrounding village. Most of native people would carry home clean water by foot from distant places. Described combination gives ability to produce and transport 500 liters of clean water each day out of each 80 square meters of cylindrical shape tower in the monsoon season and half of this amount during the dry season.
AIR WATER SKY TOWER
Designed as a proposal for the Taichung Gateway City Project, the Skywater Tower deals with issues of water production. While many countries already face the water crisis, Taiwan is ironically the second nation in terms of annual rainfall. However, the country’s steep topography leaves its tropical and subtropical zones surprisingly dry and with the soil unable to retain water. The shortage has become more severe in the last years, impacting individuals, agriculture and industries.
Drawing from a long tradition of researching water harvesting techniques, Atelier CMJN has designed an architectural object which also acts as an atmospheric water generator. The principle is the following: water vapor is condensed by cooling the air below its dew point or pressurizing it. Sun and/or wind are used to provide power for refrigeration. Refrigerated panels capture moisture. The verticality of the building enhances the ability to harvest more powerful winds in order to provide more water.
The new tower design is based on water production principles, but is also in line with Taiwanese cultural values. With its hydrodynamic shape, the structure is a landmark that contributes to its environment. The proposal envisions clusters of such water harvesting objects, optimally positioned within cities. They act as both urban attractors and plants, contributing to raising awareness about the water shortage issues.
WATER BUILDING RESORT
The designer Orlando de Urrutia has been inspired to design a WATER BUILDING RESORT in shape of a drop of water, that fore shore this will be the first built architectural resort in the world that transforms the air into water, to obtain water starting from the air. This is a futuristic modern architectural design that will contain many facilities for the uses pf those who will come to live here like: aquarium, restaurants, gyms, hotel, spa service, congresses, conferences and permanents or itinerant exhibitions rooms.
Another interesting thing is the fact that WATER BUILDING RESORT will recycle the water by taking the rain water and marine water purifying it with perforating and modern equipment incorporated in the base of the build.
AIR WATER COLLECTOR
The Air Water Collector is a water collection device to be used by those folks who are out in the des1rt, arid lands. The appliance uses the process of dew collection and carbon filtration to help collect and purify water. A handy tool for campers and explorers alike!
FONTUS WATER COLLECTOR
Fontus is a self-filling water bottle for your bicycle. This device collects the moisture contained in the air, condenses it and stores it as safe drinking water. Powered by solar cells, it can harvest up to 0,5 l water in an hour´s time under the right climatic conditions.
AIR DROP IRRIGATION
The Airdrop irrigation concept is a low-tech design that uses the simple process of condensation to harvest water from the air. Utilizing a turbine intake system, air is channeled underground through a network of piping that quickly cools the air to soil temperature. This process creates an environment of 100-percent humidity, from which water is then harvested. The collected water is stored in an underground tank, ready to be pumped out via sub-surface drip irrigation hosing. The Airdrop design also features an LCD screen displaying water levels, pressure strength, solar battery life and system health.
AIR WATER BILLBOARD
The First Billboard in the World to Make Drinking Water out of Thin Air
University of Engineering and Technology of Peru and their ad agency Mayo DraftFCB have done - the first billboard in the world to make drinking water out of thin air and alleviate the lives of Peru's people.
Trying to inspire young people to pursue careers in engineering, the university and ad teams decided to show how technology can be used to solve local problems. One such problem in Lima is the lack of running water. Due to the extremely dry climate with an annual precipitation of less than 1 inch, most people draw water from wells that are often polluted. On the other hand, the atmospheric humidity in Lima approximates 98%. Keeping the needs of their community in mind, and using the context to their advantage, the two teams combined creativity and know how to come up with the first billboard in the world that produces drinking water out of air.
The billboard works through a reverse osmosis system, capturing the air humidity, condensing and purifying the water, and filling it up in 20 lt. tanks. In 3 months the billboard has produced 9450 lt., making hundreds of familes happy and eager to see similar systems in other towns.