Bridgette Meinhold

Acqua Viva: Sculptural Hanging Rainwater Collection System

by , 12/07/10

acqua viva, araceli de la parra, rainwater, rainwater collection, flowform, green design, eco design

Araceli de la Parra was inspired by the work of John Wilkes, the inventor of the Flowform, who studied nature and the movement of water to understand its life-sustaining principles. In nature, water meanders, flows over rocks, spirals, falls, drips and drops and it is believed that this movement is what sustains life and helps biological processes to occur. When water is stored and kept still, it stagnates, allows bacteria to grow and diminishing its life-giving qualities. Flowforms were designed to encourage the natural movement of water by forcing it into vortices, thereby improving water quality.

The Acqua Viva system is only a concept now, but it was designed to serve as an aesthetically appealing yet practical design to collect rainwater. The system can conveniently be hung next to apartment dwellers’ balconies to help reduce stormwater runoff.

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2 Comments

  1. Araceli De La Parra December 16, 2014 at 12:11 pm

    Thanks to you Jennelle, very happy to hear! let me know how it went!

  2. Theevolutionof Deschwanden June 11, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    This is awesome!! I am incorporating this into a project I am doing for class (Ecotech Institute – Introduction to Sustainability) we had to take a normal house and design it down to net zero – this is in my slide as part of the rain harvesting system added to the house. Thank you for making something creative and pretty that probably also is lovely to hear when it rains! Sincerely, Jennelle

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