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Introduction

Warka Water is an experimental project designed to offer an alternative water source to Ethiopian rural communities facing challenges in accessing drinkable water.

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Introduction | Our Story During a trip to Ethiopia in February 2012, while visiting rural isolated communities up on a high plateau in the Northeast region of the country, I witnessed a dramatic reality: the lack of potable water. The villagers live in a beautiful natural environment, but often without running water, electricity, toilets, or showers. To survive here, women and children walk everyday for miles towards shallow and unprotected ponds, where the water is often contaminated with human and animal waste, parasites, and diseases. They collect the water using dry carved gourds and carry the water back in old plastic containers, which are extremely heavy.

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Recent studies show that only 34% of Ethiopia’s population has access to an improved water supply. This implies that approximately 60 million people lack access to safe water. To help improve this dramatic situation, I made it my mission to find an alternative solution and help these people. This was the genesis of the design of Warka Water: an environmentally, socially, and financially sustainable solution for potable water. It started as a voluntary initiative in 2012. Since then, my architecture office ‘Architecture and Vision’ and a group of collaborators have designed and constructed several prototypes on different scales to test various aspects of the

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project. In May of 2015, we reached an important milestone with the construction of our first pilot prototype on site in Dorze, a rural isolated community in Southern Ethiopia. Thus far, we have installed 2 pilots: the first in our lab in Italy (version 1.7) where we implement changes and material tests, and the second (version 3.2) in a rural community in Ethiopia situated 2400m above sea level. We are monitoring the pilot installations closely to learn more about Warka Water’s technical, social and economical impact in the local cultural context.

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Introduction | The Context The root cause of Ethiopia’s major health problems is the spread of diseases perpetuated by the lack of clean water and sanitation systems. Only 44% of the general population has access to safe drinking water, and merely 34% in rural areas (WHO/UNICEF March 2012). Water quality is severely poor and often contaminated by human and animal waste. The impact of poor water quality on the health of communities is shocking – approximately 54,000 children die each year directly from diarrheal diseases and 217,000 more die from related illnesses, such as malnutrition, pneumonia and malaria (UNICEF February 2012). To survive here, women and children walk everyday for miles towards shallow and unprotected ponds, where the water is often contaminated with human and animal waste, parasites, and diseases.

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Introduction | The Project Warka Water is an alternative water source to rural population that faces challenges in accessing drinkable water. It is first and foremost an architecture project. It is a vertical structure designed to harvest potable water from the atmosphere (it collects rain, harvests fog and dew), our ambition is to provide with an avarage of 100 L (26.4 gal) of drinking water every day and free up time for women and children to invest in care, education and other socially productive activities. WW should not be considered as the solution to all water problems in developing countries but rather as a tool that can provide clean water in selected areas, particularly in mountainous regions where conventional pipelines will never reach and where water is not available from wells. These remote communities, often with limited financial means, struggle to find reliable supplies of clean water for the people, the animals and for agriculture.

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Introduction | Inspiration Warka Water is inspired by nature and lost ancient traditions. Many plants and animals have developed singular ‘skills’ to enable them to collect water from the air and survive in the most hostile environments on Earth. Some key examples include the Namib beetle’s shell, lotus flower leaves, spider web and the fog collection and water storage system in cactus. We are identifying specific materials and coatings that can enhance dew condensation, water flow and storage capabilities. The construction techniques are inspired by local vernacular architecture and its use of local and biodegradable materials to design a structure that complements the natural landscape and can be built easily by hand with the collaboration of villager. Furthermore, Warka Water uses very little materials for environmental sustainability.

CACTUS

LOTUS LEAVE

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BIOMIMECRY

LOCAL TRADITIONS

WARKA TREE

The project finds inspiration from nature, animals and plants have developed the capability of collecting and storing water from the air to survive in hostile environments. We also studied local craftsmanship and construction techniques, vernacular architecture and ancient forgotten traditions.

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LOCAL SKILLS

DORZE HOUSE

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Introduction | Warka Tree

The name of the project ‘Warka’ comes from the Warka Tree, which is a giant wild fig tree native to Ethiopia.

The tree is a symbol for the local communities: a village without a Warka tree is not honorable. Hence, despite deforestation that has become a major problem in Ethiopia, the villagers protect and look after the Warka tree; and the tree in turn serves the community that takes care of it. Likewise, Warka Water wants to become an important cornerstone for the local community. It constitutes a very important part of the local culture and ecosystem by providing its fruit and a gathering place for the community.

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Introduction | The Claim Air always contains a certain amount of water, irrespective of local ambient temperatures and humidity conditions. This makes it possible to produce water from air almost anywhere in the world. Locations with high rates of aerosol and humidity are best to install WW.

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Design


Design | Evolution Since 2012, we have developed several design concepts and constructed 12 full-scale prototypes to test with different materials and environmental conditions. We installed our first pilot prototype in Ethiopia in May 2015, version 3.2. We are currently monitoring the pilot in Dorze and working in parallel on a new design: Warka Water version 5.0. Learning from the ezperience acquired thanks to the previous prototype the new version will include several improvements.

V 0.1

V 1.7

V 2.0

V1.0 : 2012 - Addis Ababa, Ethiopia V1.1 : 2012 - Venice, Italy V1.2 : 2012 - Venice, Italy V1.3 : 2013 - Paris, France V1.4 : 2013 - Munich, Germany V1.5 : 2013 - Rome, Italy V1.6 : 2014 - Bomarzo, Italy V1.7 : 2015 - Bomarzo, Italy

V 3.2

V 4.0

V2.0 : 2014 - Kaslik, Lebanon V3.0 : 2014 - Sao Paulo, Brazil V3.2 : 2015 - Dorze, Ethiopia V4.0 : 2015 - Bomarzo, Italy V5.0 : 2015 - Bomarzo, Italy V3.5 : 2016 - Bomarzo, Italy V3.6 : 2016 - Venice, Italy V3.7 : 2016 - Porto, Portugal

V 5.0

V 3.7

V 0.1

V 1.7

V 2.0

V 3.2

V 4.0

V 5.0

V 3.7

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2013

2014

2015

2015

2015

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Design | Context Warka Water is 9,5 m (31 ft) tall and weighs only 80 kg (176 pounds). The triangulated frame structure, made with bamboo, is optimized for lightness and strength and offers both stability and robustness. It is also modular and foldable, making it easy to transport. There are 8 fixation points placed radially around the tower’s base where a network of ropes are attached and fastened to create more stability and allow the tower to withstand strong winds. Inside the bamboo structure hangs plastic mesh that collects droplets of water from high humidity in the air (fog) and the Collector for dew and rainwater. A textile canopy all around creates a shaded area for social and educational activities and minimizes evaporation of collected water.

TOP VIEW

FRONT VIEW 9,5 m

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Design | Components ANTENNA

A group of antennas attached to the structure with silver kites attached to their tip reflects light keeping the bird away.

Warka water is constitute of several components. Base, Water tank, Funnel, Collector, Ropes, Canopy, Structure, and Antenna interact with each other. Also each of functions is for the nature and people.

STRUCTURE

The triangulated split bamboo frames provides both robustness and structural strength keeping the overall tower light weight ad stable.

CANOPY

The canopy provides shade creating a gathering place for the community.

ROPES

A triangulated network of polyester ropes is used to add stability to the freestanding structure. MESH FUNNEL

The water passes from the collector through the filtration system of a funnel and into the water tank.

COLLECTOR

Water droplets falling from the mesh by the force of gravity are cached by the Collector and channelled to the water tank. It also works as a dew condensor.

WATER TANK PROTECTION

WATER TANK

A 800 gallon [3000 L] tank is used to contain the harvested water.

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BASE

Blocks of stone are used as a platform for the warka.

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Design | Objectives Warka Water is designed to be owned and operated by the villagers, a key factor that should help guarantee the success of the project. It not only provides a fundamental resource for life – water – but also creates a social place for the community where people can gather under the shade of its canopy for education and public meetings. The goal of this project is also to create a local economy based on the manufacturing of the parts, assembly, monitoring responsibilities, water management and maintenance.

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Design | Master Plan

EDIBLE GARDEN

Main Entrance

Cables Private Entrance

Mesh

Private Entrance

EDIBLE GARDEN

Mesh

Cables

Main Entrance

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Design | Site Elevation

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Design | Site Plan Entrance

WATER COLLECTION

EDIBLE GARDEN

Cables

Mesh

Stone Base Water Tank

Bamboo Frame

Bamboo Post

Main Entrance

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Design | Front View

3,5 m

3,7 m

4,6 m

3,7 m

3,5 m

19 m

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Design | Top View 3,5 M

3,5 M

3,7 M

4,6 M

12 M

19 M

3,7 M

3,5 M

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Design | How it Functions RADIATIVE COOLING

Warka Water is designed to harvest potable water from the atmosphere (it collects rain, harvests fog and dew). It functions only by natural phenomena such us gravity, condensation & evaporation and doesn’t require electrical power. Warka Water is designed to be owned and operated by the villagers, a key factor that will facilitate the success of the project. The tower not only provides a fundamental resource for life – water – but also creates a social place for the community, where people can gather under the shade of its canopy for education and public meetings.

RAIN WATER

ANTENNAS

FOG HARVESTING AIR FLOW

HUMIDITY & CONDENSATION

DEW CONDENSATION ORGANIC SOLAR PANELS

CANOPY’S SHADE

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Design | Modularity MESH

BAMBOO FRAME

Warka Water consists of 5 modules that are easy to assemble, from top to bottom, and only takes 2 hours of assembly time by the collaboration of 10 people without scaffolding. The elegant triangulated frame structure, made with local bamboo split elements, is optimized for lightness and strength and offers both stability and robustness. It is also modular and foldable, making it easy to transport. Each module is then securely adjoined with other sections with natural fibers ropes. There are 8 fixation points placed in to the ground radially around the tower’s base where a network of ropes, with varying thicknesses, are attached and fastened to create more stability and allow the tower to withstand strong winds.

H

3,3 m

G

1,6 m

F

1,6 m

E

3,3 m

D

0,81 m

C

0,86 m

B

0.86 m

A

0,78 m

4,16 m

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Design | Materials Warka Water Warka is realised with local and biodegradable materials such as bamboo, fiber ropes and bio-plastic and designed to be easily built and maintained by local villagers without scaffolding and electrical tools. The main construction materials are: - Frame: Split Bamboo canes - Ropes: False Banana fibers - Mesh: Polyester - Collector: Sandwich membrane (polyester) - Base: Local Stone blocks - Water Tank: PET Plastic or Ceramic

BAMBOO

POLYESTER MESH

POLYESTER CABLE

HEMP ROPE

We also looked at local cultures, incorporating traditional Ethiopian basket-weaving techniques and the vernacular architecture in the Warka’s design.

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CHANGE FOTO

Design | Packaging and Transportation Warka Water is designed to be easily transported also where infrastructure is limited. The tower is modular and the elements join together with a simple technique. The size of each module is small enough to be transported even by foot climbing up to steep pathways to remote places where no means of transportation can reach.

MESH & COLLECTOR

RINGS

MODULES

56 cm

x2

x 25

55 cm

200 cm

47 cm

x2

250 cm 78 cm

80 cm

CANOPY MESH CABLES

TOOL BOX

13 cm

13 cm

x1

70 cm

30 cm

x1

39,5 cm 180 cm

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30,5 cm

x3

42,5 cm

TOTAL WEIGHT : 100kg

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Design | Warka Water

HARVESTING

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STORAGE / FILTRATION

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DISTRIBUTION

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Making


Making | Tools Warka Water is designed to be easily built and maintained without the need of scaffolding or electrical equipments. We are working in collaboration with the local community integrating traditional tools and construction technique.

BAMBOO SPLITTER

CALIBER

DRILL

HAMMER

SEWING MACHINE

NOSE PLIER

SCISSORS

PLIER

SAW

TAPE MEASURE

LOCAL TOOL

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Making | Activities

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Making | Construction The structural frame is made out of a 3 dimensional triangulated geometry realised with splited bamboo elements. After carefully selecting bamboos, we are them for a long time. The browned bamboos are used as an element of each module. Each element is precisely measured and then structured. The Warka Tower can be constructed in 4 weeks and erected in one hour with a team of 16 people. It consists of six modules that are mounted together one after another from the bottom up.

4 Weeks

16 People

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Making | Base The circular Base is made out of local stones blocks. It creates a levelled horizontal base and also a separation between the dirt and the bamboo structure. Like this we keep the bamboo more insulated against water and humidity increasing the material lifespan. A compass can be used to mark the correct diameter of the Warka Base and to dig a 5 cm (2 inch) foot hole in the ground. The ground should be leveled and the stones applied. The stone blocks will be placed directly over the ground dray without concrete. This will reduce the costs and also the environmental impact of the Warka. Once the tower will be dismounted, no traces of its previous presence will be visible on the ground.

MEASURE

FITTING

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Making | Instructure 1- Warka is transported and delivered to the site 2- The ground levelled and a base with stone blocks placed. 3- Deployment of the modules. 4- Assembly of modules installed from top to bottom. 5- Tentioned ropes to fix the Warka to the ground.

MODULES

MOUNTAIN

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aggiornare

Making | Assembly

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5 MINUTES

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5 MINUTES

4

3

5 MINUTES

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5 MINUTES

5

5 MINUTES

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5 MINUTES

5 MINUTES

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5 MINUTES

5 MINUTES

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Research


Research | Water Cycle Water from the air is in principle potable. Atmospheric Water Generators are equipped with filters, and the quality of the produced water is generally good. In areas without industrial pollution, the rain and dew water produced using a radiative collector will most likely comply with WHO (World Health Organization) recom-

mended guidelines for drinking water. Nevertheless, the probable presence of small amounts of animal and/or vegetal bacteria (e.g., from the excretions of insects drinking the dew water) may require a light antibacterial treatment like boiling or micro-filtration.

PRECIPITATION

CONDENSATION

TRANSPIRATION Transpiration

from TOOL Plants LOCAL

Lakes, Streams,OCEANS Oceans LAKES, STREAMS,

EVAPORATION GROUNDWATER Groundwater

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Research | Water Harvesting | Fog

FOG COLLECTION STRATEGY

Fog harvesting isn’t a brand-new idea but go back to thousands of years ago in arid regions. During wet conditions, water droplets collect on the mesh, flow downwards by gravity and drip into the Collector. The water is then channeled to the storage tank located at the center of the Warka Water base. The systems also require no power to run. New filters and net repairs are the basic maintenance requirements. Drawbacks generally come from dust and debris that blow into the nets and spill into the water as it collects.

FOG PARTICLE FORMATION

5 mm 5

‘FOGwaste” WASTE’ “fog

ACTUAL MESH

MESH MeshCOLLECTING collectingFOG fog

WIND goes GOES THROUGHT wind through TO CARRY FOG PARTICLES to carry fog particles

mm

Mass SizeSIZE = Drop ( gravity ) MASS = DROP (GRAVITY)

NEW MATERIAL DEVELOPMENT

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Research | Water Harvesting | Condensation The Condenser is designed for both function directing the water coming from rain or the Mesh to the water tank and for the water condensation from the air.

FUNNEL

WATER CONDENSATION

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Research | Water Harvesting | Superhydrophobic The coating and the material it self is under development. The external coating will be superhydrophobic surfaces, able not only to not get wet, but they actually repel water. This is the so-called lotus effect, named after the superhydrophobic leaves of the lotus plant. Some research with similar surfaces has already been conducted, such as substances that keep your shoes or clothes dry. These materials exhibit this effect as their surfaces are riddled with micro posts or with ribs and cavities one tenth the size of a human hair.

NORMAL SURFACE

LOTUS FLOWER

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SUPERHYDROPHOBIC SURFACES

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Research | Water Harvesting | Rain WW is designes for harvesting dew and fog and also for rain collection, providing varying amounts of portable water througout the year. Water can be taken directly and locally from the environment, without wasting energy in transport. Rainwater and fog will be captured and stored during the meteorological events. Water by condensation will occur more frequently at night when theĂšair temperature goes below the dew point.

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Research | Project Significance and Impact Adopting the Warka Water for small rural community can lead to numerous impactful initiatives:

Education: Women and children can engage in productive activities such as care, education and crafts that can lead to self-sufficiency.

Economy: Manufacturing the Warka tower locally and sourcing indigenous materials can create jobs and boost the local economy.

Society: The Warka tower’s canopy creates a gathering place for the community.

Food: Water produced by the Warka tower can be used for irrigation and farming.

Environment: The water management training program can introduce the principles of permaculture.

Power: Lighting under the Warka Water canopy for children to study and people to gather after the sunset.

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Research | Edible Garden We are currently developing an updated version, Warka Water 5.0, that includes a modular edible garden that can serve the food needs of one to three families, using only a part of the water collected. This experimental garden has already been installed and tested in our lab in Italy and will be integrated into the next Warka Water version to be constructed.

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Research | Energy Bulk-heterojunction organic photovoltaic (BHJ-OPV) technology promises high efficiency at ultralow cost and weight, with potential for nontraditional applications such as building-integrated photovoltaic (PV). There is a widespread presumption that the complexity of morphology makes carrier transport in OPV irreducibly complicated and, possibly, beyond predictive modeling. However, understanding the complex morphology is important because it not only dictates cell efficiency but also the panel performance and the operating lifetime. In this paper, we derive the fundamental thermodynamic as well as morphology-specific practical limits of BHJOPV efficiency and lifetime. Even if the OPV fails to achieve the highest efficiency anticipated by the thermodynamic limit, its novel form factor, lightweight, and transparency can make it a commercially viable option for many applications.

OPV PANEL INTEGRATED WITH BAMBOO FRAME

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OPV PANNEL RECHARGE x6

x3

x1

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Research | Light We are exploring also the possibility of bringing lighting under the Warka Water canopy for children to study and people to gather after the sunset, for security and for education. Using flexible and lightweight solar panels, we can power small LED lights that will bring light to the covered space around the Warka Water tower.

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Research | Sustainability

WARKA WARTER

2019 2019

ECOSYSTEM Ecosystem REGENERATION regeneration

WATER Water management MANAGEMENT program

LARGE-SCALE DISTRIBUTION Large-scale distribution AND DEPLOYMENT and deployment

Warka Water mainly uses local natural and biodegradable materials. It is a flexible, portable and temporary structure designed to leave no trace on the environment after removal. The Warka doesn’t extract water from the ground, but collects it from the atmosphere. In addition to drinking water, the water generated by the Warka tower can be used for irrigation, reforestation, and ecosystem regeneration. As part of training local villagers, we plan to initiate a water management program that teaches the best practices of using, distributing, and recycling harvested water. Through this program, we hope the villagers can understand our relationship with the environment and move away from the “slash-and-burn” agriculture, which is responsible for deforestation. With the financial support needed to complete the design development phase of the project, Warka Water will be ready for large-scale distribution and deployment by 2019.

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Research | Locations Haiti

Tests and research activities are conducted in a rural location in central Italy, with full-scale prototypes and materials. The ongoing daily experiments have brought new changes and updates to latest version, Warka Water 3.2. We are selecting potential sites in Ethiopia to launch the first pilot. The most important criteria for pilot are the lack of potable water and the urgent needs of the community for a solution. We will also assess other important factors relating to the local environment such as pressure, average temperatures, humidity, dew point and precipitation.

Nepal

Colombia

Sumba

Ethiopia

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06 Communication


Communication

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Communication | Workshops BOMARZO, ITALY | WARKA WATER 3.7 | 28.07 > 12.08.2017 BOMARZO, ITALY | WARKA WATER 3.7 | 01 > 15.06.2017 BOMARZO, ITALY | WARKA WATER 3.7 | 01 > 15.05.2017 BOMARZO, ITALY | WARKA WATER 3.6 | 30.01 > 11.02.2017 BRUSSELS | FRUGAL INNOVATION | 10.11.2016 BEIRUT, LEBANON | SUSTAINABLE DESIGN WEEK| 05 > 10.10.2016 COLORADO COLLEGE, US | COLORADO SPRING | 08.01.2016 MUMBAI | INDIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY | 02.12.2015 ADDIS ABABA | EIABC | 09.03.2015 MUMBAI | INDIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY | 14.02.2015 ADDIS ABABA | EIABC | 26.01.2015 BEIRUT | HOLY SPIRIT UNIVERSITY | 28.04.2014 ADDIS ABABA | 01.05.2012

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Communication | Exhibitions MILAN | DESIGN WEEK | 04 > 09.04.2017 LONDON | ARCHITECT@WORK 2017 | 25 > 26.01.2017 ROME | MAKER FAIRE – WARKA WATER 1.8 | 14 > 16.10.2016 ROME | FESTIVAL DEL CINEMA DI ROMA – WARKA WATER 3.5 | 13 > 23.10.2016 BORDEAUX, FRANCE | WARKA WATER 3.4, BOTANICAL GARDEN | 16.06 > 25.09.2016 BORDEAUX, FRANCE | WARKA WATER 3.4, CITYHALL | 14.05 > 16.06.2016 BAGNARA DI ROMAGNA | POPOLI POP CULT FESTIVAL 2016 | 23.06.2016 BORDEAUX | CONSTELLATION | ARC EN RÊVE CENTRE D’ARCHITECTURE | 02.06.2016 VENICE | REPORTING FROM THE FRONT | BIENNALE DI ARCHITETTURA | 28.05.2016 WARSAW | COPERNICUS SCIENCE CENTER | PRZEMIANY FESTIVAL | 04.09.2015 COPENHAGEN | LUISIANA MUSEUM OF MODER ART | AFRICA | 25.08 > 25.10.2015 LA STORTA, ITALY | FLORACULT | 24.04 > 26.04.2015 SÃO PAULO | VIRADA SUSTENTAVEL | 28.08.2014 TRENTO | MUSE MUSEO DELLE SCIENZE | BIG BANG | 27.07.2013

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Communication | Exhibitions ROME | MAXXI MUSEUM | 05.12.2013

BOMARZO | PALAZZO ORSINI | FIORDELCIELO | 05 > 07.09.2009

PARIS | CITE DES SCIENCES ET DE L’INDUSTRIE | FUTURE TEXTILE |06.02.2013 VENICE | ART BIENNALE | 29.08 > 25.11.2012 RIMINI | PALACONGRESSI DI RIMINI | AIRED | 06 > 07.09.2012 SAN FRANCISCO | ISTITUTO ITALIANO DI CULTURA | ATLAS COELESTIS ZERO | 17.04 > 01.05.2012 NEW YORK | MOMA | BORN OUT OF NECESSITY | 02.03.2012 > 28.01.2013 FRANKFURT | TRADE FAIR | EUROMOLD 2011 | 29.11 > 02.12.2011 GENOA | FESTIVAL DELLA SCIENZA | 21.10 > 02.11.2011 HUMLEBAEK | LOUISIANA MUSEUM | FRONTIERS OF ARCHITECTURE III - IV | 01.06 > 02.10.2011 MUNICH | ARS TECHNICA | 14.05 > 15.05.2011 SWITZERTLAND | TIME TO CARE | 22.03 >27.03.2011 BOMARZO | PARAZZO ORSINI | SGUARDI SONORI | 19.02.2011 VENICE | 12TH INT. ARCHITECTURE BIENNALE | WHAT ARQUITECTS DESIRE | 25.08 > 21.11.2010 ROME | MUSEO CIVILTA ROMANA | IN NITE SPACES. SGUARDI SONORI | 09 > 30.10.2010

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Communication | Talks TALK | KUFSTEIN | TEDx FHKufstein | 24.06.2017 CONFERENCE | AMSTERDAM | What design can do | 23.05.2017 CONFERENCE | ROME | EAD Conference “Design for Next” | 12.04.2017 CONFERENCE | ROME | AQUA 2017 – WORLD WATER DAY | 22.03.2017 CONFERENCE | RHODE ISLAND | BROWN UNIVERSITY IN PROVIDENCE | ARTS AND ENVIRONMENT | 3 > 4.03.2017 LECTURE | PORT AU PRINCE, HAITI | WARKA WATER | 20.01.2017 LECTURE | LONDON | ACE SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE, UNIVERSITY OF EAST LONDON (UEL) | 27.11.2016 LECTURE | LA GUAJIRA, COLOMBIA | INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE FOR RENEWABLE ENERGIES | 09.11.2016 LECTURE | CASCINA, ITALY | WARKA WATER, ROTARY CLUB | 06.11.2016 LECTURE | PALERMO, ITALY | UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PALERMO | 24.10.2016 CONFERENCE | PRAGUE | DOOSAN BOBCAT 2016 GLOBAL CONFERENCE | 19.05.2016 CONFERENCE | TAIPEI | WORLD DESIGN CAPITAL 2016 | 18.03.2016 LECTURE | BARRANQUILLA, COLOMBIA | UNIVERSIDAD DEL NORTE | 22.02.2016 LECTURE | BOGOTA, COLOMBIA | PONTIFICIA UNIVERSIDAD JAVERIANA | 17.02.2016 CONFERENCE | ALCAMO, ITALY | INBAR | 19.12.2015

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CONFERENCE | MUMBAI | CUMULUS MUMBAI 2015 | 03.12.2015 CONFERENCE | ADDIS ABABA | TEDxADDIS | 21.11.2015 CONFERENCE | TURIN | AFRICA & DESIGN | 29.10.2015 CONFERENCE | BANGALORE | TEDxTALK | 04.10.2015 CONFERENCE | BOLOGNA | CERSAIE | 28.09.2015 CONFERENCE | PORTO ALEGRE, BRAZIL | FIL16 | 09.07.2015 CONFERENCE | MADRID | TEDxTALK | 04.07.2015 CONFERENCE | LONDON | SUPERYACHTDESIGN WEEK | 25.06.2015 CONFERENCE | MILAN | UNIVERSAL EXPO | 09.06.2015 CONFERENCE | BERGAMO, ITALY | FARE LA PACE | 09.05.2015 CONFERENCE | ADDIS ABABA | ITALIAN CULTURAL INSTITUTE | 04.02.2015 CONFERENCE | ROME | MAKER FAIRE | 02.10.2014

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Communication | Media | Images

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Communication | Media | Video

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Communication | Media | Documentary National Geographic | Water problem

Arte | The tower that created liquid water

Angela Bassett (Actor)

Arturo Vittori (Designer)

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Team | Warka Water Warka Water team members are based in Italy, Lebanon, US, UK, Ethiopia, and Nigeria. They are led by the CEO and Founder, Arturo Vittori. Please see below for more information about our international staff.

ARTURO VITTORI

PRECIOUS DESPERTS

Founder and President - Italy Italian Artist, Architect, and Industrial Designer. He is the cofounder of the Warka Water NGO and Director of the design studio Architecture and Vision.

Textile Designer - Italy Fashion designer with a sharp sense for style and colors. Born in Nigeria, specialized in African textiles and dresses.

GIANNI MASSIRONI

MAXIMILIANO SARNO

Executive Director - Italy Scenographer, film maker and sociologist with a very fine sense for the arts. Gianni has been collaborating for many years with the well-known Italian filmmaker Michelangelo Antonioni.

Construction Team - Italy Born in Argentina, he is passionate about wood and bamboo working and especialized in the contruction of Laticce Framework.

CYNTHIA MORGAN

SARA GĂ“MEZ GĂ“MEZ

Vice President - USA Cynthia has a passion for connecting interesting and curious people. She has an MFA in Sculpture and has been a curator at many art and science museums, including the Museum of Science & Industry, Chicago.

Ecodesigner - Italy Industrial Designer, born in Colombia, with a master in Ecodesign. Passionated photography, traditional handicrafts and sustainability.

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Team | Warka Water GIOVANNI PONCIA

FEDERICO ZIRINO

Web Designer - Italy Website developer and expert in HTML, CSS and PHP. Enthusiast about social projects and active collaborator of Warka Water Inc.

Landscape arquitect - Italy Part of the National Institute of BioArquitecture (INBAR).

FAISAL KAPASI

GIANFRANCO CHIGHINE

Mechanical design engineer - India Drone Developer and Tech enthusiast, having interests in Rapid Manufacturing Technologies and Competing at NASA and ESA competitions representing India.

Geologist - Italy Environmental consultant and expert in antipolution and in safeguarding water resources. Member of Rotary International.

CHRISTELLE LESIFORT

SUNIL UPLAP

Country Representative - Haiti As a model and fashion advisor, she is the image of the brand Culture à Porter, as well as an active collaborator. Passionate about Haiti’s social causes.

Country representative – India Founder and managing director of Tanclean, the world’s largest company offering drinking water storage cleaning and disinfection services, as well as supplying and building water storage tanks.

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Team | Warka Water NESTOR PONGUTA

NEHA PRADHAN

Journalist – Colombia Born in Colombia, has worked in Rome and Brussels from 2000.

Country Representative - Nepal An enterpreneur, borm in Nepal, dedicated as an active community organizer with interpersonal marketing expertise and an artistic outlook to express traditional culture.

KIMBERLY CORNISH

PAOLO FERRANDIO

Country Representative - Canada Based in the Niagara Region, Kimberly works on creating Warka Water awareness with a team of multi-faceted and passionate volunteers.

Marketing student - Italy with in degree in Business Administration and specialized in the third sector with a volunteering experience in Africa.

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Team | Architecture And Vision ‘Architecture and Vision’ (AV) is an international and multidisciplinary team working in architecture and design, engaged in the development of innovative solutions and technology transfer between different fields from aerospace to terrestrial applications. Directed by the Italian architect Arturo Vittori, the office is based in Bomarzo (Viterbo, Italy). The name ‘Architecture and Vision’ underline architecture needs a vision of the future to become a long lasting cultural contribution of its time. The vision of AV is to improve the quality of life through a wise use of technologies and available resources to create an harmonious integration of humans, technology and nature. AV works for airlines and space agencies, governmental institutions, universities, research institutions, and foundations as well as commercial companies and private clients. Recent collaborations include projects with ESA (European Space Agency), Asiana Airlines (Korea), Aero Sekur (Italy), the BirdHouse Foundation (Japan), GVM Carrara (Italy), and EDA, the Swiss Federal

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Department of Foreign Affairs (Switzerland), The School of the Art Institute in Chicago, Thales-Alenia (Italy) and the public administrations of the Italian cities of Viterbo and Messina. AV projects have received international recognition. In 2006, a prototype of the extreme environment tent, ‘DesertSeal’ (2004), became part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, after being featured in SAFE: Design Takes on Risk (2005), curated by Paola Antonelli. In the same year, Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry selected Vittori and Vogler as ‘Modern-day Leonardos’ for its ‘Leonardo da Vinci: Man, Inventor, Genius’ exhibition. In 2007, a model of ‘MarsCruiserOne’ (2007), the design for a pressurized laboratory rover for human Mars exploration, was shown at the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, as part of the exhibition Airs de Paris. The travelling exhibition ‘Architecture and Vision: From Pyramids to Spacecraft’, showing projects of the studio is touring internationally.

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Team | Support

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