national geographic 

national geographic 

The City of Detroit thrives on resiliency. At the core of its resiliency is the passionate and proactive ethic of its citizens. When policy makers leave you high-and-dry you either sink or swim. 

In the summer of 2014 this spirit became essential. Due to the $19 billion debt, the Detroit Water Department began shutting-off water service to residents unable to pay their own debt- often without adequate warning.  

In keeping with this resilient and DIY spirit, proposed is an alternative residential water infrastructure repurposing a resource Detroit has in excess: abandoned homes. 

Not only are these homes relevant in their quantity, but they have already played a role in both the problem and [temporary] solution. Empty and unmonitored, they are prone to significant leaks which leads to more debt for the municipal supplier which leads to more shut-offs. Additionally, some who have had their water shut-off use abandoned homes as a source of clean water by stealing it from the exterior spigot. This theft of course leads to more debt for municipal supplier which again leads to more shut-offs.

The proposed network of structures can be scaled up and down and placed throughout Detroit- and beyond. Each unit of a complete and independent systems relies exclusively on precipitation and is made up of five primary components: 

1.    Collector house
2.    Blackwater house
3.    Grey water house
4.    White water house
5.    Water tower house [storage and dissemination]

tower house

repel // catch 

Map above illustrated running water complaints filed to the city be residents between 6/2015-5/2016. Each ring represents +50 complaints.