The aim of the course is to raise awareness of the possible impact of good water management strategies, implemented during the initial phase of any architectonic project, on the ecological footprint and the resilience of the corresponding infrastructure.

Students will learn about the water saving potential of innovative water management concepts and technologies comparing to conventional project design.
During the course special attention will be given on rainwater harvesting and management, treatment and reclaiming of wastewater for different purposes and the nexus of water and energy.

Following the introduction session, each group will work to select the optimum water management strategy for their project, taking into consideration the specific climatic conditions and plot characteristics.


Projects from this course

Tabrizian Tapestry: Metabolic Systems Water

Rated under the World Water Pressure Map, Iran has an extremely high risk level of water stress assessment and the ratio of withdrawls to supply in a 2040 forecast. For our building Tabrizian Tapestry, we have created the following study and water management assessment through the following strategies: 1. CONSTRUCTED WETLANDS: Through subsurface flow constructed … Read more

DZONGHA | Metabolic Building Systems : Water

Shruti Sahasrabudhe, Larsen Bidstrup, Nishanth Maheshwaran, Jacek Antoni KostrzewaMASTER IN ADVANCED ECOLOGICAL BUILDINGS AND BIOCITIES, 2022-2023, IAAC In the Bhuddist traditions of Bhutan, water is holy. We sought to design with this respect top of mind. Before calculating water usage, we classified different water qualities into blackwater, greywater, rainwater, and potable water. On the basis … Read more

MEDITERRANEAN | Metabolic Building Systems: Water

Water Demand of the Building Water Saving Strategies The building depends on rainwater harvesting, greywater recycling, black water treatment and recycling to reduce its water demand. Water saving strategies such as shower head aerators, faucet aerators, low flow toilets and eco-washing machines help to reduce the monthly water consumption by 20%. The landscape includes native … Read more

AL HABIBITAT | Metabolic Systems: Water

Egypt in recent years is observed to have been through water scarcity issues. Nile river being the major & nearly the only source of water, does not seem to provide with the current water needs also considering an exponential increase in the population. Speaking specifically about Aswan, nearly 97% of its water needs depends on … Read more

Arctic Onion | Metabolic Building Systems – Water

Water Context in Reyjkavik(1) Volcanic Zones & Geothermal Fields in Iceland (2) Monthly Rainfall Data of Reykjavik (3) Geothermal Water Consumption in Iceland (4) Hellisheiði Power Plant, Reykjavik (5) Water Conservation Area, Reykjavik Water Metabolism MapHeated, Rainfall and Fresh Drinkable Water Systems Rainwater Harvesting: Table | Diagram Water Consumption Stategies: Conventional Consumption | Optimized Consumption [45,46 % of Water Saving]

THE NEST | Metabolic Systems: Water

The region of Accra, Ghana receives heavy rainfall and has two wet seasons. As a result, through the design, the goal is to trap as much rainwater as possible and utilise it in an optimum manner. The Site is also located in close proximity to a natural lagoon. Hence, ground water and stormwater treatment become … Read more