Water miner-Johannesburg 2050


Name: Mingyang Sun

Nationality: China

Institution / Company: University of Pennsylvania


Name: Fangyuan Sheng

Nationality: China

Institution / Company: University of Pennsylvania


-HONOURABLE MENTION of Waterless World Competition


By 2025, frequent extreme weather and air pollution have rendered Johannesburg no longer suitable for human habitation on the ground. As a result, the residents of Johannesburg established an underground city by expanding abandoned gold mines for survival. However, the worsening water crisis has made people realize that only by giving back to nature and restoring the ecological environment can they obtain stable and sustainable water resources capable of supporting habitation.

The people of Johannesburg have united to initiate the Plant Cultivation and Water Conservation Project (PCWCP), hoping to improve soil health and restore groundwater levels through technologically enabled plant cultivation. Through the efforts of several generations, the turning point came in 2050 brought on by PCWCP 5.0.

We setup the scene of 2035 aboveground city where people have tried to construct above ground infrastructures that collected precipitation in order to expand water resources. And the scene of 2050 aboveground city where large amount of former Township lands has been converted into experimental fields for ecological restoration. We show the transformation and the possible new man-made and diversified planting landscapes and ecosystems in Johannesburg 2050.


#Drought and Irrigation #Global Warming #Water shortage #Underground Water Infrastructure #Planting and ecological restoration

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