Living with the Water Paradox [COMPETITION WINNER!]

May 2010

Water Supply

May 27, 2010 1:16 PM
Kim Ratanavong

Figure 1: The proposed RC System for Water Supply

The Water Paradox provides this mixed use area with opportunities to collect the large amount of water resulting from the increase rainfall and urban runoff and at the same time, more need for further desalination processes to mitigate the lack of water.

Figure 2: Proposed water supply infrastructures in relation to transportation and public spaces

There are opportunities to provide more 'decentralised' water collecting and recycling points throughout the neighborhoods to ensure that each block or units of area covered by each facility is self-sufficient -- in terms of water supply for drinking, daily use, commercial use and also for urban farming for food production. And importantly, more sustainable water management would need to be developed to mitigate and respond to the higher risk of flood and heavier rain and their impact on urban run off and urban infrastructure (using methods of collection/retention as shown on Figure. 3).

Figure 3: Typical water recycling system within urban landscape and water features

Figure 4: Typical water system for commercial/residential buildings with rooftop farming




The Water Paradox

Where you live with what you have - the climate change induced water issues.

This study explores the most ubiqutous climate change paradox present in many of coastal cities around the world - the abundance and the lack of water in addition to, risk + opportunities of the climate change induced water issues.

The proposal demonstrates the risks and potentials of the coastal/bay area developments and communities such as Fish Market area in Sydney, Australia.

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