BPAS Architects envisions rain-collecting skyscrapers to “reverse desertification”

Anna Marks | 8 November 2021https://www.dezeen.com/2021/11/08/bpas-architects-the-desert-faction-rain-collecting-skyscrapers-redesign-the-world-finalist/

BPAS Architects imagines building huge water-harvesting skyscrapers for humanity to survive in the desert, one of the 15 finalist projects for Dezeen’s Redesign the World competition powered by Twinmotion.

Titled A New World: The Desert Faction, the project imagines a future where the Sahara Desert has expanded significantly and humans have been forced to build larger and larger communities in the hot, arid environment.

In BPAS Architects‘ vision, technology works in tandem with the desert environment, with energy harvested via solar panels. Water is scarce, and the faction’s skyscrapers collect rainwater before it evaporates, pumping it through underground tunnels to surrounding farming areas and communities.

The water transforms the desert into a fertile landscape where crops grow, and communities flourish, eventually reversing desertification.

BPAS Architects imagines that the desert-living communities would form one of several “factions” around the world, where humanity has been forced to adapt to harsh environmental conditions.

Read more about BPAS Architects’ proposal below.

Redesign the World competition, The Desert Faction

A New World: The Desert Faction
BPAS Architects
Cape Town, South Africa

“Not so far in the future, the human race has run its course of destruction on earth, surpassing life as we know it.

“All over the world, extreme natural phenomena have occurred, making it almost impossible for humans to live without adaptation.

“The Sahara Desert has expanded tenfold and reaches over 70 degrees during the day; the constant volcanic eruptions from the Ring of Fire in the Pacific Ocean have destroyed thousands of homes and habitats; the ocean now covers over 80 per cent of the world due to rising sea levels, and the ice caps have reached temperatures not even polar bears can survive.

“As a result, extreme natural disasters reign terror on the remaining population: droughts, tropical storms, wildfires, etc., bringing with them human problems such as soil infertility, water scarcity and famine, far greater than ever seen before.

Author: Willem Van Cotthem

Honorary Professor of Botany, University of Ghent (Belgium). Scientific Consultant for Desertification and Sustainable Development.

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