Aiming to tackle the problem of water crisis, UCLA Architecture and Urban Design students have created ‘Succulent Walls’ in collaboration with MADWORKSHOP. These are two prototypes of residential water catchment system as a potential solution to the water scarcity.
The succulent Walls can be installed easily and provide dual benefits – they can serve as water storage units and as sustainable residential gardens. These prototypes are designed to store rainwater from roofs of single-family homes and contain it in storage bladders. Here is a video showing the functions of Succulent Walls.
The stored rainwater can be utilized for non-potable purposes in the time of water crisis. Both prototypes of Succulent Wall have a holding capacity of 50 gallons of water each, which can last for 14 days during an emergency.
The graduate students at UCLA, led by Assistant Professor Heather Roberge, have put together this system to effortlessly install water storage and food production into the residential sphere. The class of 11 students aspires to change the careless attitude of mankind toward this limited resource.
These are designed to operate off-the-shelf and anyone can install them in their homes. Succulent Walls were displayed at the 9th Annual LA Design Festival in June this year.
Via: World Architecture