Our first season of Water Futures titled "Harvesting the Sky" continued with part 1 of a 2 part event that featured the founder of Warka Water, Arturo Vittori.

On June 6th, Arturo discussed why it is imperative that architects and designers shift their focus to ideating new ways in which we can all create renewable resources that are integrated and in harmony with mother nature. Arturo then dove into the concept and inspiration behind his Warka Tower, and explained how we can actively design a future of renewable water, food, and energy.

On June 7th, we held the second part of our two part series with Arturo Vittori, the creator of the Warka Water Tower, featured on Wired, Dezeen, Forbes, Business Insider, NatGeo and more.

The second part consisted of a special workshop in which participants were treated to an in-depth presentation revealing the inspiration and the inner workings behind the Warka Water Tower. Guests then had a chance to create their own water harvesting structures, and received feedback about their designs directly from Arturo. The workshop ultimately awarded participants with a thorough understanding of water harvesting mechanisms.


Arturo Vittori is an Italian Artist, Architect, Industrial Designer and TEDx speaker, with work a part of the permanent collection of The Museum of Modern Art. Arturo is the Founder and President of the Warka Water NGO and Director of the design studio Architecture and Vision.


Water is central to life. Access to safe water should be a basic human right, but water poverty and conflicts over control of water resources continue to persist. There is enough fresh water on the planet for all of us, but it is distributed unevenly, and too much of it is wasted, polluted, and unsustainably managed. In rural communities throughout Africa, millions of people suffer from lack of access to clean and safe water. For survival, women and children walk every day for miles towards shallow and unprotected ponds, where the water is often contaminated with human and animal waste and parasites. Every 90 seconds, a child dies from water-related disease.

Warka Tower is an alternative water source for rural populations that face challenges in accessing drinkable water. It is first and foremost an architecture project. A vertical structure designed to harvest potable water from the atmosphere, Warka Tower collects rain and harvests fog and dew, with the objective of providing an average of 100 L of drinking water every day. Built with simple tools, and using a passive system to collect water from the atmosphere, Warka Tower is designed to be owned and operated by the villagers. When a small rural community adopts Warka Tower, it can lead to an impactful change in a variety of areas, including the community’s education, economy, society, and agriculture, as well as impacting the environment.

Water Futures is a yearlong research program by A/D/O - curated by Jane Withers - that asks the question, "can designers solve the global drinking water crisis?" Learn more about Water Futures here.