Project 01: Refuge(e)
Part 1: Urban Displacement
For this project, I was prompted to design my choice of any structure that would be placed in a refugee camp for refugees fleeing from Aleppo, Syria. I had my choice from designing anything from a health clinic to a dining hall. I chose to design a water production and collection system that would provide water for all 30,000 refugees that the camp was designed to hold. I began by researching ways to collect AND produce water in a desert environment, with no water source nearby. I found information on precipitation throughout the year and also found a system that could turn humid air into water. I chose to incorporate rain water collection and the water production system into a single design that would work together.
It is designed above ground in order to maximize the use of gravity. This reduces the amount of pumps needed which therefore eliminates the use of large amounts of power. Also, the elevated base allows for transportation trucks and service vehicles to park underneath the structure and also have easier access to the large water tanks.
Water Vapor Machines
The final design consists of modular units that hold twelve water vapor units and an intricate water collection system. The entire design contains 16 of the individual units. Meaning there are 192 water machines plus an additional 24 from the 4 half units. Making it a total of 216 machines. This also means that throughout the entire design, there are 216 solar panels because each machine requires one solar panel to power the water pumps inside.