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Poreform

Water absorptive surface and subterranean basin

This design proposal repositions water infrastructure as a civic project. Facing a significant shortage of water in an arid region, local drainage systems are incapable of collecting the water that floods the Las Vegas valley when it rains.

Giant underground tanks with a capacity of 75,000 megaliters that can be used as event locations during dry periods swallow the rainwater. They are covered with a porous concrete surface designed for optimal water collection.

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A beautiful proposition for the global challenge of water scarcity
 
“Mostly not enough water – but dramatic floods”
 
Global finalist project entry 2015 - Poreform
 
Global Holcim Awards winners announced April 20
 
 
Infrastructure as architecture: Gold for water supply and flood mitigation infrastructure
 
Poreform
 
“Conceiving infrastructure as an architectural undertaking” – Holcim Awards Jury
 
Project Entry 2014 North America - Poreform
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Project Details
Location
Las Vegas, NV, USA
Authors
Amy Mielke
MAIN AUTHOR
Amy Mielke
Water Pore Partnership, USA
Caitlin Gucker-Kanter Taylor
MAIN AUTHOR
Caitlin Gucker-Kanter Taylor
Water Pore Partnership, USA
Keller Easterling
FURTHER AUTHORS
Keller Easterling
Yale University, USA
Prizes
Awards
Gold 2014
North America
RELATED INFORMATION
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Poreform: Holcim Awards Gold 2014 for North America – Project Overview
Poreform: Holcim Awards Gold 2014 for North America – Project Overview

Poreform, a water absorptive surface and subterranean basin that captures rain runoff and adds over 75,000 megaliters (20 …

VIDEO
“Sustainability? Repositioning the value of water” – Caitlin Gucker-Kanter Taylor
“Sustainability? Repositioning the value of water” – Caitlin Gucker-Kanter Taylor

Caitlin Gucker-Kanter Taylor from the Water Pore Partnership reframes water as a valuable resource rather than a liability. …

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