South African designer Shaakira Jassat of Studio Sway has developed her Acquatecture from concept to reality.
This rain-harvesting architectural panel is suitable for exterior cladding, and if integrated with technology, it can also harvest water from the atmosphere.
The DI18 Speaker, who is now based in the Netherlands, piloted Acquatecture at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town in 2020 and the project is now in the monitoring phase.
Design Academy Eindhoven graduate Jassat took to the stage at Design Indaba Conference 2018 with the question: What’s in a cup of tea? Her project, thirTEA for ONE is an installation that shows us the water we don’t see in the average cup of tea. Since then, she’s created two more projects, each looking at the hidden ways we can monitor our water use, find alternative water sources and hopefully, save the precious resource.
Watch her full talk below: