Jorge Chapa

Gigantic Water Harvesting Skyscrapers Could Solve Sudan's Drought

by , 08/27/11

Watertower, H3AR architecture, polish architecture, sudan, architecture for sudan, drought-proof architecture, green architecture, sustainable architecture, eco architecture, green design, eco design, sustainable design

The building resembles a baobab, the “upside down tree” from the Savanah, and it houses water pumps and a treatment plant. These pumps take the water from the aquifer, pump it throughout the building to heat it and cool it, and store it within the core of the building itself. The building’s users would then have access to this water, which would be recycled by the treatment plant.

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4 Comments

  1. Shannon Slanina September 4, 2013 at 10:47 am

    How much for just one to get the ball rolling more like in other places with some resources.

  2. jd1230 August 29, 2011 at 1:36 am

    If they were made out of bricks what would hold the water within the building? It would need to be reinforced with steal I would imagine. That much water pressure, depending on the volume of water would put a lot of stress on those bricks.

    Seems like a neat idea – but the guy above might be right. Well’s might be more realistic. I know nothing about the area though.

    Id like to know more about the project.

  3. pwmuchmore August 26, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    I believe you mean underground lakes instead of “underwater lakes” Very interesting article.

  4. anothervoice August 26, 2011 at 9:21 am

    …and all H3AR needs is a rich western government to underwrite their solution in search of a problem. The cost to benefit ratio for this project is unsustainable. And inhabitat knows this – we’ve seen this design on the blogs in other contexts. A better solution for every money spent would be providing standard deep wells to supplement individual family cisterns, and low water use gardening technologies.

    It’s an interesting design, but how many people will it help on a daily basis and what is the cost per person effected? If it’s more than a hundred dollars per individual, I doubt that it’s cost-effective.

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