"Solar Water Disinfecting Tarpaulin" is the 2008 Metropolis Next Generation Design Winner


Amy MacWilliamson

Clap your hands and say "Yeah!" for Eric Olsen, the winner of the 2008 Metropolis Next Generation Design Prize. The architect and college professor took home the fifth-annual prize for his response to this year's theme of water.

The San Francisco-based architect was awarded $10,000 for his project, Solar Water Disinfecting Tarpaulin, which is a vessel for both transporting and purifying water that may be put to good use in disaster areas, developing urban areas, rural regions, or anyplace where clean water is otherwise difficult or impossible to come by. According to Metropolis, "It is lightweight, expandable, and comfortable to wear, allowing a greater volume of water to be carried when compared to traditional vessels."Pictures and more details are forthcoming in the May issue of Metropolis, as well as more details on the 10 runners-up. Though there can be only one winner, they're all champions in our book, for their interesting and thought-provoking treatments on helping give the world more drinking water. Check 'em out below, stay tuned for an update from the Metropolis booth at ICFF next week, and see our previous coverage of previous years' competitions below. ::Metropolis
2008 Next Generation Design Prize Runners-Up:

Andrea Brivio, Davide Conti, and Fabio Galli (Italy): S_M_L, a housing project designed for the city of Melaka, Malaysia, that harnesses the power of the region's daily rainfall and uses it to produce electricity and replenish gray water systems.

Yuichi Watanabe, Katz Miyahara, and Yoshi Ogawa (Seattle): Polarfloat, large floating structures in the Arctic Ocean that provide places for polar bears to land as the ice melts.

Joseph Cory, Eyal Malka, and Creative Constructions (Israel): WatAir, a simple unit with an integrated infrastructure for collecting dew and rainwater.

Paul Giacomantonio, Vera Templeman, William Sorich, and Kat Taylor (Pescadero, CA): "The Sun Curve," a self-sustaining aquaponic food growing system, powered by solar and wind energy.

Charles Lee (San Francisco): Pacific Coast Interpretive Center for Ocean Health, living systems that recycle gray water and runoff by filtering wetlands, cooling the gray water with ocean water, and producing energy with tidal generators.

Lars Mayer (Germany): Sustainable Water, a surface water purification solution that is suited to the needs of developing countries and based on natural processes, using the seeds of the moringa tree.

Robyn Perkins (Boston): emergeMUMBAI, a method of rainwater harvesting that is used as a spatial backbone, a flood mitigation tool, and a water source for redeveloping public housing lands in Mumbai, India.

Gerald Lindner, Jeroen Tacx, Beate Lendt, Peter Heidman, and Martin Oostenrijk (Netherlands) Water Harvester, a double-tubed solar water distiller that is made of polyethylene film and uses a solar-powered water desalinator to make fresh water from polluted or salt water.

Renata Fenton and Enrique Lomnitz (Mexico): Isla Urbana, small, modular, inexpensive and expandable rainwater harvesting systems that can be affordably purchased by the low-income households in Mexico City most affected by the rapidly increasing water shortages.

Thomas Kosbau and Tyson Gillard (New York): Vena: Water Courses from Air, a biomimetic low-cost, low-energy solution for people in climates that lack consistent rainfall or clean ground sources to harvest vast amounts of drinking water from the atmosphere.

Previous coverage of Metropolis Next Generation Competitions
Metropolis Announces 2007 Next Generation Design Competition Winners
Metropolis Announces Next Generation Winner: Hydro Wall
Biopavers (won the 2005 Metropolis Next Generation Competition)
TreeHugger Radio: It's Green Design Contest Season

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