WATREE can be installed at some hiking spots to provide people with clean drinking water. This idea came up when my friend shared her experience of going hiking but bringing not enough water. She could not find drinking water, so she had to stop the journey and went back to the city.
WATREE is different from a normal drinking fountain as it is self-sustained. It would use the principle of a dehumidifier to condense water vapour in the air. They would be collected and enter the distillation system. The energy for operation would be provided by solar power. This helps the installation of WATREE to be more convenient because there is no need for extra constructions like water pipe or cables on the mountains.
There are some specially designed details in WATREE. Firstly, the condensation would occur inside the branches instead of their surfaces, so to improve the effectiveness of the process. Secondly, the distillation system would make use of transparent materials. This aims to reduce people’s worries about the hygiene and water safety problem. Seeing the process clearly allows them to have more confident in the water provided.
WATREE can have several impacts. It demonstrates the idea that water is always around us, increasing people’s awareness on the interaction between human and water. It can also encourage people to go for more outdoor activities as they become more convenient. This can improve both the physical and mental health when people engage more with the nature and enjoy outdoor experience. Lastly, it can help hikers with water need. This can reduce the potential risks of them feeling unwell because of lacking water, and can even prevent illnesses like heatstroke.
Leung Hoi Tung, Katie - My Design & Architecture Journey
Katie is a student taking the Bachelor of Arts and Sciences (Design+) Programme in The University in Hong Kong. With an interest in architectural studies, she is also studying related courses. This website aims to record her design and architecture journey. This includes the projects of university courses, and experience in related events.
Design Project: WATREE - Leung Hoi Tung, Katie
Course Brief The theme of the course is Water Protectors. Design thinking was used to initiate designs that are related to water. The designs should aim to improve the relationship between water and people. Idea of WATREE WATREE is designed to be placed at some hiking spots to provide people with clean drinking water.
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