DECENTRALIZED WATER INFRASTRUCTURE

Pratt, GAUD, 2014

Critic: Jason Vigneri-Beane, Jonas Coersmeier

Environmental scientists have warned that Coney island will be flooded in 50 years due to the devastating

effects of global warming and rising sea levels.

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Four types of

Decentralized Water Infrastructure

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This project focuses on how Coney Island could be saved from a possible flood. I propose a decentralized water infrastructure module in every five blocks that draw and filter the flood-water. The infrastructure composes of four parts.

 

1 [Sucker + Filter] The first filtering layers are made out of sand, gravel and anthracite. It aims to remove microscopic particles and micro-organisms.

 

2 [Chemical Addition] In the pouch, water is disinfected further by the use of combined chemicals. These chemicals cause the colour change of the outer covers causing them to fade. 

3 [Biological process] Chlorine and neutralising chemicals eliminates bacterias. This process if for the protection of marine organisms. Over time, organisms accumulate on the upper surface.

4 [Absorption] By the end of the treatment process, pH is adjusted with caustic soda to reduce corrosion in plumbing systems. Owing to pH adjustments, the outer pouch becomes thicker due to deposits.

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Section drawings

Plan drawings

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The section, layers and inflation  

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The indoors