NonA Weekly: GOING UNDERGROUND
Water supply and disposal form two critical components of the city’s metabolism that become more acute as cities grow, particularly as ecosystem service demand and consumption of resource per capita are outpacing population growth.
Although the term ‘sewage’ usually brings toilets to mind, it is used to describe all types of wastewater generated from domestic dwellings. There are two types of sewage: blackwater, or wastewater from toilets, and greywater, which is wastewater from all domestic sources except toilets. Blackwater and greywater have different characteristics, but both contain pollutants and disease-causing agents that require treatment.
Focusing on our ongoing theme H20, ou research continues, this week focusing on Sewage & Wastewater treatment, and Underground Water Infrastructure.
1. SEWAGE VERSUS WASTEWATER – WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?
The terms ‘”wastewater” and “sewage” are regularly used interchangeably, however, there are DIFFERENCES between both. In fact, “sewage” is considered a subset of wastewater.
2. ACCOUNTING FOR GROUNDWATER IN FUTURE CITY VISIONS
Sustainability principles and the importance of urban groundwater are lacking in future city visions. The capacity of community-led action and smart-home technologies to deliver sustainable water use under an aspirational future is evident, with a measurable impact on urban GROUNDWATER.
3. THIS SEWAGE TREATMENT PLANT IN TAIWAN REFERENCES A PURIFYING MOUNTAINOUS DREAMLAND
The Taoyuan sewage treatment PROJECT features a double skin that lends the building its mountainous profile. a modular steel frame covers all of the structures, while gaps between the aluminium louvres accommodate the region’s hot climate. this not only provides shelter from the sun but also allows cooling breezes the penetrate the building. the undulating curved form also represents the water that flows through the site daily.
4. IMPORTANCE OF WASTEWATER MANAGEMENT IN SUSTAINABLE ARCHITECTURE
Wastewater is the impure water that is used by the inhabitants for different daily purposes and is directly or indirectly released into a water body. This water contains impurities that can be in the form of solid, liquid, gas, or all of the mentioned states. The process of PURIFICATION of these impurities is known as Wastewater management. It is one of the most significant processes concerning sustainable architecture.
5. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE FOR BETTER UNDERGROUND INFRASTRUCTURE PLANNING
Water, gas, electricity, and telecommunications services are typically placed underground in urban areas (especially in developed nations), requiring significant capital investment. This installation of underground infrastructure occurs during the construction of new urban areas, but also occurs as existing UNDERGROUND infrastructure ages, deteriorates, or requires an upgrade to meet increased demand. Artificial intelligence (AI) can be used to better plan the infrastructure (e.g. the sizing of the infrastructure, location, etc.).
6. PLANNING FOR WATER INFRASTRUCTURE: CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES
Decades of underinvestment, neglect, and the political stalemate has left much of the nation’s infrastructure dangerously weak. Wastewater systems have outgrown their design capacity causing raw sewage to be spilt after rainstorms. This ARTICLE points out the challenges and opportunities when it comes to planning.
Stay creative and see you all next week!