Intrigued by water pollution and the affect that human actions on land can have on rain in the air, Alice Wang Design created a ‘rain car’ (pictured below) and drove around different cities collecting their unique rainwaters. To investigate how different the taste, colour and smell of each city’s samples were, they turned their waters into various forms like rain popsicles and asked people to try them.
19 / 10 / 14
Posted in DRINKING, Ice, MAPPING, Rain
Winner of the 2014 Fuller Challenge awarded by the Buckminster Fuller Institute, Living Breakwaters is a comprehensive climate change adaption and development project for shoreline communities by SCAPE/LANDSCAPE Architecture, New York. The project works with shoreline populations, going beyond physical interventions on the coastline, by developing connections with communities to share expertise in technology and ecological science. Approaches range from coastal resiliency infrastructure, habitat enhancement techniques to ecologically engineered “oyster-tecture”.
Harnessing clean, new energies is a key issue; in addition to existing wind, water and solar resources, a Russian scientist is currently developing a way to utilise power from clouds. Cloud Power collects moisture from the clouds and channels it down to earth in the form of water and energy which can develop clean water and electricity.
28 / 09 / 14
Posted in Cloud, HARVESTING, PRODUCT, SCIENCE
Urban Plunge signage at opening event ©Susan Smart
After several months of preparation, our exhibition Urban Plunge: New designs for natural swimming in our cities launched on 11th September 2014 to coincide with the London Design Festival. To mark the opening we held a panel discussion and private view on 15th September.
Urban Plunge explores the growing urban swimming movement through a series of projects for natural baths and swimming ponds, proposing imaginative ways to enjoy water in our cities.
Two years again we posted a blog entitled water tanks are back in fashion, two years later the water tank project is making its mark on the New York City skyline.
24 / 08 / 14
Posted in ART, CITIES, INSTALLATION, ISSUES
Horizons Sancy art and nature festival, an enchanting nature festival at Cascade de Vaucoux in France’s mountainous Massif Central region, aims to explore the chemistry between art and nature, the festival includes a series of artworks installed in the landscape.
8 / 08 / 14
Posted in ART, INSTALLATION, Waterfall
Promenaders on the bund last week would been surprised by the surreal sight of ship of animals travelling downstream. Tigers, lions, pandas and apes collapsed wearily on the side of a fishing boat. This wasn’t a remake of Noah’s Ark, but ‘the ninth wave’, a work by artist Cai Guo Qiang.
Turn On Detroit’s Water is a website based project to help bankrupt Detroit families who cannot pay their water bill. Initiated by Tiffani Ashley Bell and Kristy Tillman, this website works very simple: Detroit account holders who owe $250 or less to the Detroit Water and Sewage Department can enter their information to this website. On the other end, a donor inputs their email accounts into the system and receives the account holder’s information (anonymously) so the bill can be paid.
28 / 06 / 14
Posted in ISSUES, Tap Water
This Arctic Harvester proposal was the first prize winner of Jacques Rougerie Competition 2013. Aiming to create a fertile landscape in a barren territory, the floating facility circulating ocean currents between Greenland and Canada, is a ‘soil-less agricultural infrastructure designed to exploit the nutrient-rich fresh water released by melting icebergs’. This water is then used to feed a hydroponic-farming system.