Water is essential for life. However, most in the developed country doesn’t think much about water consumption, while the availability of water is sacred in the less developed countries. Millions of people die each year, with the lack of access to clean water and proper sanitation.
In contrast, the rise in global temperature has caused higher levels of water vapor in the atmosphere, resulting in more frequent and intense rainfall. The water cycle, influenced by climate change, has affected people’s access to water. Climate change that influenced the rise of sea level has caused significant coastal flooding during high tides and storms.
The world water crisis is affecting people in various fields. Water stress is projected to increase in most of the countries in the upcoming years, from agricultural, environmental, ecological well being, economic productivity and global security. Other than water scarcity, pollution, contamination and floods are also the few main issues we are facing alongside with water crisis.
Data in Germany has shown significant deficit building up in different regions, causing the possibility for water shortage crisis, while in contrast 4% of humidity increment is found within the atmosphere, which would link to heavier precipitation.
With #0000FF, what role will architecture play in the water-wise world, be it the rise of water in the sky or the shortage of water in the land? In the context of climate change and rapid urbanization, how will a sustainable, environmentally friendly and distributed systems approach work upon meeting water? How will the design community reengage and embrace the water crisis as a design opportunity? Can students consider creating smarter and more inclusive natural habitats rather than protective measures against environmental threats?
In this studio, we will identify and discussed on the suitable site for research, and explore the different issues of water, the challenges and potential of building around or with water, and how we can create more environmental conscious structures in the world of architecture?
- Trainer/in HSA: Ruge, Peter