Water Scarcity

A source of both strife and sharing, there is a long history of water as central to human relations, a history which can be examined for insights to the future and inspiration for future designs. The defining characteristics of our time, are, however, unprecedented. The human population grows exponentially, often abusing and destroying ecological systems as a consequence. Water is the universal substance connecting these systems. As global population increases, renewable freshwater resources are further taxed not only by human consumption, but also by water-intensive agricultural and industrial processes. Compounding problems of water quality and water availability are political and social divides, which are apt to manifest and intensify in the face of resource shortage.

Existing relationships to water must be reassessed and redesigned. This project begins with the reality of water shortages worldwide, and proposes to counter that reality with the potential of Russia’s eastern territories as a source of water wealth. At once practical and hopeful, the project departs from the logic of global capital and Russia’s position as a resource-export economy, yet it assumes that Russian water may become the source of long-term, sustainable Russian prosperity, as well as new attitudes towards the environment and new technological development.
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