brkt: drawing two [enabling]

November 30, 2008

Explicating the method of fog farming and potential applications for water derived.  I think this focuses on the enabling properties of the infrastructure, bracketing both the generative qualities (generative qualities I think would probably include the architectural qualities of the infrastructure, as well, as noted here with thoughts on tube perception) and strategies for deployment.

Components of the drawing, then:

1. the fog farm

a. structure for harvesting
in terms of material construction, this would be a typical fog farming setup.
study of three types of fog nets in Oman

2. uses of water

a. algae tubes

should include some indication of what the algae tubes are, as well as subuses.

i. algae create power

ii. cleaned water can be used for other (2) uses

b. growing plants

c. drinking water

diagram of the diagram [which is not intended to show graphic intent; nor is that sickly green color on the left something i was going for.  cmyk–>rgb fail]:

drawing-2_enabling_concept-sketch

[this page supersedes “the technique of fog farming”, I think]

brkt: farming fog water

November 20, 2008

dubai-cranes

burj-dubai-fog

fogtower3

http://www.inhabitat.com/2008/04/02/coastal-fog-tower/ (the fog tower above)
http://www.scienceinafrica.co.za/2003/march/fog.htm
http://www.fogharvesting.com/
http://www.fogquest.org
http://www.economist.com

With increasingly massive, devastating water shortages predicted all over the world, especially in developing countries, farming water is relevant, and has a lot of potential for novelty in basically all of the questions we have listed so far.

While I love the way the fog tower develops mammoth structure out of the process intended to work on its surface, it feels like structural overkill to me — I think the fogharvesting linking suggests a more likely avenue for producing a methodology of fog harvesting in developing countries.  Something lightweight, tensile, inspired more by spider webs than skyscrapers, deployed more like Christo than Corbusier.  The beauty of which might come as much from the pattern it instigates on the land as from the architecture of the intervention itself.

Love this image: http://www.brentstirton.com/projects/nepal_fog/images/03.jpg.