Out Of Water: Innovative Technologies in Arid Climates

October 25, 2009 - 8:00pm to December 10, 2009 - 7:00pm

Out of Water Project
Innovative Technologies in Arid Climates

Research Principals: Aziza Chaouni + Liat Margolis
Research Team: You-Been Kim, Danny Tseng, Shannon Wiley, Fadi Masoud
Exhibition Design: Takako Tajima + Aziza Chaouni (Bureau E.A.S.T.) + Liat Margolis
Exhibition Fabrication: Scott Powers

While water scarcity is a problem of global proportions, it is particularly significant and potentially irreversible in the Earth’s expanding arid zones. Finding solutions to inhabit the desert sustainably will not only mitigate the effects of water scarcity but may also slow down desertification. Faced with the shortage of water, how will existing and future cities and landscapes adjust to the drastic environmental shift?

Out of Water is a response to this looming challenge. The goal of the exhibition is to constructively re-imagine urban futures through the use of water technologies and to delineate an expanded vocabulary of water resources, quality, and infrastructural/architectonic relations to our urban environments. The first part documents a set of contemporary case studies and technologies and tools for collection, conversion, and distribution of water sources in arid climates. The second part showcases the speculative scenarios for a new water culture in arid climates by a select group of young architects, landscape architects, material technologists, and urban planners.