LafargeHolcim Foundation Prize Winning Projects in Sustainable Construction

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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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Amy Mielke and Caitlin Taylor address the global challenge of water scarcity
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
“Conceiving infrastructure as an architectural undertaking” – Holcim Awards Jury
Project Entry 2014 North America - Poreform
Project Details
Las Vegas, USA
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 Author
Keller Easterling
Yale University , USA
Gold 2014
North America
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Poreform, a water absorptive surface and subterranean basin that captures rain runoff and adds over 75,000 megaliters …

“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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