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architectural intervention in a water scarce site
hi everybody!
I am a final yr arch student from india. i am interested in development of Mahismal hill station, which comprises of a tract land occupying a pleasant plateau about 926 M above the sea level offering a breathtaking panoramic view of the surrounding.this site holds a lot of unrealised and unrecognised potential for development, the only thing hampering it is the acute water scarcity over here. many govt.proposals have failed here for the same reason.however, there's a small lake at a considerable distance,which has plenty of water during the rains.
i need help in this regard as to what measures can be taken, and how can that be worked out. let me tell you that this site is nearer to the famous ellora caves in aurangabad, so pls also suggest some interesting architectural intervention on the above mentioned site. ur comments are eagerly awaited.
Saadiya Shaikh
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architectural intervention in a water scarce site
i think u shud chck thiz out http://www.rainwaterharvesting.org/
MohammedAyaz Pathan
architectural intervention in a water scarce site
saadiya, sounds like you need a viaduct from the lake to your site. Provided you have a gradual fall over the entire distance, the water will travel. You may want either an overground or underground viaduct (known as a Qanat in Iran). :)))
Frank John Snelling
architectural intervention in a water scarce site
926 meters above sea level.

well, the tallest building (for now) stands at over 500 meters, and there are plans to do twice that. i think they pump the water upwards in stages. so maybe that can be done in your hill station just as well. fresh and desalinated water are impounded at the lowest level and pumped up in stages. if the prospects of developing the place is truly worth it, then that should cover this type of water supply. then there's the nearby lake which offers a second source.

but i'm really wondering why government proposals failed as you said. is it because of no feasible technology? or is it... well.. you know...
Jofer Magsi
architectural intervention in a water scarce site
Saadiya, a sustainable water supply uses gravity to flow the water down. Gravity is free energy. :)))
Frank John Snelling
architectural intervention in a water scarce site
sustainable water supply...

which calls for a parallel study concerning the lake, for it is likely that it will be burdened by this and succeeding developments. the lake of course encompasses a wider ecological consideration that can go beyond the intention of the researcher. but i think it is a necessary exercise.
Jofer Magsi
architectural intervention in a water scarce site
Jofer, you think that skyscaper design should be sustainable? Think about having to pump water up a skyscraper in the event of a fire reminds me of the disaster film "Raging Inferno". :)
Frank John Snelling
architectural intervention in a water scarce site
sustainable design encourages us to look at the greater picture, and not be fixated on the final product. it prompts us to see further and investigate the possible consequences of our actions.
Jofer Magsi
architectural intervention in a water scarce site
Jofer,I really appreciate yourself adding a new dimension to this topic and the discussion.Now, can you please elaborate upon the concept of "sustainable water supply"?
Saadiya Shaikh
architectural intervention in a water scarce site
hello Saadiya.

i'm not sure of the scale of development you have in mind for the hill station. but what i'm suggesting is that one considers the sustainability of the lake.

apart from the local ecology that it already supports, it may be possible that the lake is currently servicing surrounding communities. your proposed hill station then will be an added burden. further on, your hill station can encourage succeeding building projects which will put more burden.

i don't know the features of the lake, but i'm guessing that it can only take so much and may perhaps call for alternative sources of water. but this should all be established in your study. how about a rain-fed concrete reservoir to service the hill station?
Jofer Magsi
architectural intervention in a water scarce site
Saadiya, what about the geology of the area? Are the surrounding hills limestone? If so, then water will flow and collect underground. :)
Frank John Snelling
architectural intervention in a water scarce site
Saadiya,

check out the article in this link. it's about a very large concrete water tank :o)

http://www.signonsandiego.com/articlelink/iec/iec.html
Jofer Magsi
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