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Pratt Institute | 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.


Four types of

Decentralized Water Infrastructure


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


The section, layers and inflation  

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The indoors

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