The rainwater collector is designed to be both a source of clean water as well as a community space. It utilizes locally sourced bamboo and water barrels as well as pre-fabricated joint and tarp. The joint and tarp are pre-fabricated for ease of use, but can also be recreated by locals with simple tools if provided with moulds and fabric template. The structure can be assembled quickly and easily with 2-3 people. The span of the tarp is wide enough to function as a temporary shelter and there is enough space underneath for a few people to sit alongside the barrel.
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Assignment for Oct 9
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Each section of the refugee camp is managed by a different WASH group
Source: Mike Zuckerman, 2020/09/25 Session at HKU from Uganda
- bamboo shall be treated to prevent termite issue
- attachment with the building structure is possible (such as opening small holes on roof to collect rainwater but it is not for drinking so further filtration technology shall be applied)
- household level design is more appropriate because when it is a large scale public system than there can be issue of ownership creating arguments over who gets access to the water (currently over 200 families share 1 water tank)
- The water collector as a public gathering space is appreciated since it serves more than a device but a public installation for to improve street life in camps ( for aesthetics and shading)
- Geometrical shapes can create variations and assemblage of individual collectors
Cox's Bazar: Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Assessment: Dry Season Follow-up Report, May 2019 - Bangladesh
Since August 2017, an estimated 743,000 Rohingya refugees have arrived in Bangladesh's Cox's Bazar District from Myanmar. Adding to existing caseloads of refugees from previous displacements in 1978, 1991, and 2016, this has brought the total number of Rohingya residing in Bangladesh to approximately 913,000.1As of 31 August 2019, 735,000 refugees reside in the Kutupalong-Balukhali Extension Site in Ukhiya Upazila, with an additional 171,000 individuals living in smaller camps in Teknaf Upazila.
3 detailed sketches of the design and technology
- Materials: umbrella / tensile materials, bamboo, rope or prefabricated joinery
- Dimensions, scale: size of a typical umbrella
Design 1 (Square)
Design 2 (Hexagonal)
Portable fog-harvesting AQUAIR harvests clean drinking water from thin air
Water scarcity doesn't just affect those in arid climates-areas in humid tropics also lack access to freshwater sources. National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) students in Taiwan tackle these water issues with AQUAIR, a portable fog-harvesting device that pulls potable water out of the air.
distribution process? stability? legs too long? filtration?