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.