In Ethiopia, women and children have to walk several hours to collect water. A solution to this problem was designed by Arturo Vittori and Andreas Vogler of Architecture and Vision. It’s called the WarkaWater and it’s a 9 meter tall bamboo framework that has special fabric hanging on the inside that collects the water from the air by condensation. The lightweight structure is designed with parametric computing, but can be built with local skills and materials by the village inhabitants.
The Warkawater was named after the Warka tree which is a giant wild fig tree native to Ethiopia and is traditionally used for meeting places. It’s simple, practical, yet beautiful design is inexpensive and because it can collect up to 26 gallons of water a day, it is truly a Tree of Life.
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