Warka Water: Each Drop Counts
The theme of the presentation will be "Warka Water".
Warka Water inc. is an American NPO.
The Warka Water project consists in an alternative water source (The WW Tower) to rural population that faces challenges in accessing drinkable water.
The Warka Water Tower is a vertical structure, mainly eco-sustainable, and in any case totally recyclable, designed to harvest potable water from the atmosphere (it collects rain, harvests fog and dew); our ambition is to provide with an average of 100 L (26.4 gal) of drinking water every day and free up time for women and children to invest in care, education and other socially productive activities.
The tower is 12 m tall and weighs only 80 kg (176 pounds). The triangulated frame structure, made with bamboo, is optimized for lightness and strength and offers both stability and robustness.
It is also modular (it consists of 6 modules) and foldable, making it easy to transport.
There are 16 fixation points placed radially around the tower’s base where a network of ropes are attached and fastened to stabilize the tower definitively and allow it to withstand very strong winds.
Inside the bamboo structure hangs plastic mesh that collects droplets of water from high humidity in the air (fog) and the collector for dew and rainwater.
As you can guess, Warka Water relies only on natural phenomena such us gravity, condensation & evaporation and doesn’t require electrical power.
Warka Water is designed to be owned and operated by the villagers, a key factor that will facilitate the success of the project.
We believe that installing the Warka tower in remote villages can lead to numerous impactful initiatives:
– Education: Women and children can engage in productive activities such as care, education and crafts that can lead to self-sufficiency.
– Economy: Manufacturing the Warka tower locally and sourcing indigenous materials can create jobs and boost the local economy.
– Society: The Warka tower’s canopy creates a gathering place for the community.
– Agriculture: Water produced by the Warka tower can be used for irrigation and farming.
– Environment: the water management training program can introduce the principles of permaculture.
– Technology: Future developments include a shared internet connection point for rural villages, which can connect the isolated communities and bring valuable real-time information (e.g., weather forecast, market prices of crops).
In conclusion, WW Tower not only provides a fundamental resource for life – water – but also creates a social place for the community, where people can gather under the shade of its canopy for education and public meetings.
Warka Water should not be seen as a product that can be replicated in any placed as it is but rather a design philosophy to understand the local available resources and site potentials and to get the resources needed in the most sustainable way, with the final goal of empowering the community with respect on the environment.
Arturo Vittori: (Viterbo, October 1, 1971), Italian Architect, Designer and Artist, co-founder and director of the research and design studio
Architecture and Vision and CEO of the American NGO Warka Water Inc.
After graduating from the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Florence, he gained experiences collaborating with architects such as Santiago Calatrava and Jean Nouvel. From 2002 to 2004 he was Manager of Cabin Design at Airbus, in Toulouse (France), taking part in the cabin design for the first A380 aircraft; from 2004 to 2006 he worked with Future Systems, collaborating with Anish Kapoor in the design of the Monte Sant’Angelo subway station in Naples, (Italy), while in 2006 he practiced yacht design at the London-based studio Francis Design.
He has spoken at numerous international conferences on the topics of aerospace architecture, technology transfer and sustainability, and also taught and lead workshops on a variety of related themes.
Vittori has been teaching Industrial Design, at the First Faculty of Architecture “L. Quaroni,“ University of Rome La Sapienza, and he teaches a graduate course in Product Design at the Faculty of Arts and Design at the University Iuav of Venice. He is Research Professor at the IIT, Illinois Institute of Technology, of Chicago and founded the teaching laboratory VittoriLab in 2007.
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