Water Everywhere: A New Project for São Paulo
Kobata Felippe, Sarah Daher
Savannah, Georgia: Savannah College of Art and Design
Thesis (M.U.D.) -- Urban Design
Savannah College of Art and Design -- Department of Urban Design
Includes bibliographical references (pages 154-159).
"The debate proposed in this work will focus on water in the metropolitan area of São Paulo, urban center going through a huge crisis of water management, in which the historical neglect of its natural resources reached a peak in the year of 2014 when the main reservoir of potable water that supplies the region dried. Multiple studies on water as an element of architectural design have been proposed around the world, but mostly emphasizing its recreational use, ecological aspect or as a hydrology subject. This work intends to contribute to the debate not only of these mainstream strategies, but also of alternative means, focusing on the understanding of water in its different manifestations -- surface, groundwater, rain and vapor --, its applications in different scales -- architectural, local and regional -- and its potential as an element of environmental, structural and social balance. This thesis aims to contribute with design proposals of meaningful impact in the life of São Paulo’s citizens. Proposing a project that embraces water holistically comes from the urgency of addressing the urban use of this vital resource beyond the normative design embedded in water management strategies. In agreement with architects and professors Anuradha Mathur and Dilip Da Cunha, I choose to see water everywhere instead of seeing it somewhere. I choose to understand that water is not something apart from our existence neither our everyday life. I choose to see it as an element constantly present even if we do not realize –- we use it to drink, to bath, to wash, to produce, to cool, to heat, to cook, to time, to measure -– and because of this, nothing seems more urgent to me than rethink the way we use, think, address, deal and imagine water and cities."
Keywords: water, infrastructure, ecology, urban design, watershed, São Paulo, Aricanduva
CHAIR: Madson, Ryan
PDF : 169 pages, illustrations (chiefly color), color maps
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