Recycled plastic art installation asserts that water is a human right in D.C.

July 26, 2019 by  
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In 2010, the United Nations General Assembly recognized access to clean water as a human right. To raise awareness about the “questionable privatizations” and climate change threatening this human right, Spanish design collective Luzinterruptus created ‘Let’s Go Fetch Water!’, a temporary art installation made from recycled plastic. Located on the grounds of the Spanish Embassy and the Mexican Cultural Institute in Washington, D.C., the art installation features an eye-catching waterfall effect created by a series of angled buckets cascading water sourced from a closed-loop system. When designing Let’s Go Fetch Water!, Luzinterruptus wanted to reference the daily toils that many people — mostly women — around the world must go through to fetch water for their family’s basic supply. As a result, buckets that are used to draw and transport water became the main motif for the piece. “These buckets transport this precious liquid from fountains and wells and are even hoisted down to the depths of the Earth in order to get it,” the designers explained. “They later carry them through long perilous trails during grueling journeys, where not even a drop must be spilled.” Related: A glowing river of books creates a traffic-free haven in Ann Arbor To minimize the loss of water, Luzinterruptus used a slow-flowing current and closed-loop system for the waterfall effect. The designers were also adamant about using buckets made from recycled materials rather than take the easy route of purchasing cheap buckets made in China. The buckets were mounted onto a wooden frame, and all of the materials will be recycled after the installation is dismantled in September. The installation is on display from May 16 to September 27 and will be lit up and functional at night as well. “We all know water is scarce,” Luzinterruptus said. “ Climate change is one of the main reasons; however, questionable privatizations are also to be blamed. Governments lacking financial resources give up this resource to private companies in exchange for supply infrastructures. Other governments just sell their aquifers and springs to large food and beverage corporations, which exploit these and everything around dry, leaving local inhabitants in deep crisis. We have enjoyed this particular commission since we have, for a long time, been dealing with issues concerning the recycling of plastic material, and we have experienced firsthand how these companies that sell someone else’s water, and seem to be especially focused on launching awareness campaigns for a responsible use of plastic, only try to deviate attention from this uncomfortable privatization issue.” + Luzinterruptus Photography by David Keith via Luzinterruptus

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Lava Mae is Retrofitting Public Buses Into Mobile Showers for the Homeless

September 23, 2013 by  
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The UN and the World Health Organization define access to water and sanitation as a basic human right, yet many homeless go without. In San Francisco alone, there are 16 public showers for the 3,100+ men, women and children who make the streets their home. Lava Mae believes that everyone has a right to be clean – that’s why they are creating mobile showers and toilets to meet the need. They’re taking retired transportation buses and retrofitting them with 2 complete hygiene suites that include private showers, toilets, changing rooms and sinks. The design effort is being led by Brett Terpeluk who was lead architect under Renzo Piano for the CA Academy of Sciences . If you’re a fan of this important initiative support it on Indiegogo today ! + Lava Mae The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing! Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: access to water , green design , human rights , lava mae , mobile showers for homeless , repurposed bus , retrofitted bus , San Francisco , sanitation , sustainable design , UN , water issues , World Health Organization        

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1920?s Grocery Store Renovated Into an Energy-Efficient Home in Chattanooga

September 23, 2013 by  
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Read the rest of 1920′s Grocery Store Renovated Into an Energy-Efficient Home in Chattanooga Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable architecture” , 1920’s grocery store , adaptive reuse , chattanooga , eco design , eco home , elemi architects , green architecture , Green Building , green design , green home , green renovation , grocery store renovation , passive design , Sustainable Building , sustainable design , tennessee , williams street residence        

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