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  • Mi Sun Lee
  • Committee: M.Paz Gutierrez | Gary Black
  • water, infrastructure + architecture

Humanity is facing a “water crisis” as a result of climate change and overspending of water. Globally, one in five of us do not have access to clean drinking water, two in five do not have adequate facilities to carry basic habitation such as wash clothes. The United Nations’ FAO states that by 2025, 2.8 billion people would be living in place with absolute water scarcity. Moreover, two -thirds of the world population is expected to be under stressed conditions. Likewise many countries have water scarcity challenges, but people suffering from this are limited to certain countries.

Can a decentralized water infrastructure based on minimal path principles provide an efficient system for solving aforementioned water scarcity problem? Most serious water scarcity concentrates in low income area of developing countries. Inadequate water infrastructure and poor access are exacerbated by water scarcity pressure in these regions. In this sense, it is necessary to propose the methods to harvest and distribute water to water scarcity area.
My suggestion is about decentralized water infrastructure using minimal path network system. As a new type of water infrastructure, aqueduct is combined with urban program such as promenade, bike road, plaza, or parking lot. Thus, aqueduct has possibility to distribute potable water as well as to transfer culture or art with multi-functional space. With this, it is expected not only to have convenient water access but also to obtain economical, sustainable, and spatial efficiency.