Potable water has become a scarce commodity and even more so when disaster strikes. Shifting the focus from relief to rebuilding, the path to transform emergency structures that help relieve supply shortage during disasters, is to precondition such shelters for transprogramming- insert communal activities into relief aid structures to reinforce the spirit of community building within the disaster-struck region.
The WASH rainwater harvester for Jacmel combines the primary function of supplying freshwater through filtered rainwater stored in repurposed shipping containers, to that of spaces for communal activities familiar to the pre-disaster daily lives of the Haitians.
The upcycling of containers and tarp, all available materials as they are shipping essentials- are used efficiently using form finding methods. This meant that the entire structure can be erected using minimal members, as the form is optimised and shaped based on the environmental elements it is exposed to- in this particular prototype, wind load and sun exposures.
Status: School Project