Friday, March 16, 2012

Himalayan Skyscraper Offers Drought Solution by Emily D’Alterio

                                                               The Himalayas Water Tower

The winner of the 2012 eVolo Skyscraper competition promises to do more than simply wow with aesthetics.

Though it takes the form of a skyscraper, the winning architecture concept is in fact a highly technical solution to water shortage issues caused by droughts.

Whether those inside and out of the construction associate it with excess human created carbon emissions or otherwise, the globe is heating up, which has had dire consequences. Apart from the increased freak weather patterns, which include stages of long-term drought, freezing winters and an overall increase in natural weather disasters, the warming is having serious effects on ice sheets from all parts of the world.

These effects are being felt in the iconic Himalaya Mountain range, where the raised global temperature is melting some 55,000 glaciers containing 40 per cent of the world’s fresh drinking water at a  faster rate than ever before.

Taking positive action against this result of climate change, Chinese designers including Zhi Zheng, Hongchuan Zhao and Dongbai Song have created the design for the ‘Himalaya Water Tower’ which aims to not only house pure drinking water in never before seen quantities but also to protect Asian villages and cities below from the dire consequences of increased flooding and drought.

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