How can design help address the drinking water crisis?

Responding to the tensions around water in the urban environment and the shift for cities to ban the single-use disposable plastic bottle, Water Futures aims to inspire designers to take action in reimagining our toxic drinking water culture and design alternative realities.

(Illustration by Mary Galloway).

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THE CHALLENGE: OPEN TO DESIGNERS OF ALL DISCIPLINES.

A/D/O invites multi-disciplinary designers and teams to shape the future of drinking water in the urban environment. Pressing issues such as water scarcity and plastic pollution mean that new behaviors, products, and systems for accessing drinking water in the city are urgently required.

Categories for submission include Future Objects & Materials, Future Systems & Infrastructure, and Future Information & Communication. Each category’s requirements are described in detail in the downloadable information packet that is provided after signing up for the challenge.

The Water Futures Design Challenge includes a prize pool of $72,000 USD to be awarded to finalists and winners. Sign up below to receive the design challenge form. Submission deadline is July 19, 2018.

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PROGRAM CALENDAR

APRIL - JUNE | HARVESTING THE SKY
Exploring issues such as efficiency and self-sufficiency and encouraging using ‘off-grid’ mechanisms to harvest, collect, store and distribute water in both dry and wet climates.

JULY - SEPTEMBER | POLLUTION & PURIFICATION
Exploring water quality and water as a living element. The challenges and technologies for cleaning water, from products for emergency use to reusing wastewater on site.

OCTOBER - DECEMBER | DRINK LOCAL
We used to store water in terracotta vessels, gourds, and skins, as well as, bottles, jars, and flasks. How can designers help reimagine ways to deliver water in cities as an alternative to single-use plastic bottles?

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