The Death and Life of Water


Name: Chenjie Xiong

Nationality: China

Institution / Company: University of Virginia




People in the city of Jaipur, India have been struggling with water scarcity during dry seasons and inundation during monsoon seasons throughout history due to the semi-arid climate and improper water use. Presently, 20% of total water demands cannot be met, and it is projected that the city will lose its current water source in 20 years.

In response to the serious water issues, this project envisions an alternative way to manage the whole water life-cycle including fresh water supply, domestic water use, sewage treatment and rainwater harvesting, by the design of water infrastructures, which meanwhile provide high quality of public spaces and educate the public through giving visibility to water process. 

Water infrastructures as pop up and temporary structures are proposed at public spaces, incorporating various water processes including rainwater collection, water purification and greywater reuse. Prefabricated, light modular structures are inexpensive and easy to be installed in open spaces, and their dimensions are flexible according to different types of programs accommodating commercial and recreational activities. 

Through the interventions, around 56% of public toilet flushing water could be from the collected rainwater in a neighborhood of 100 households.


#Resilient Infrastructure #Public Space organization & maintenance #Green Economy #Access to services #Education and Cultural exchange

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