Abstract :


The River is Everywhere at Once

Mitigation of resource conflicts
Resource management

With a decreasing availability of water and an increasing demand for it, water is rapidly becoming one of the most contested resources on planet earth. This investigation focuses on the disputes over trans-boundary water resources and the tripartite claim laid by China, India and Pakistan to the resources originating in the Hindu Kush Himalayan region in Asia. The premise explored here interrogates the larger political and resource management opportunities inherent in the establishment of a co-operatively managed distributed Trans-boundary water and power infrastructure that spans multiple nations.
Extending over 2,000 km across South Asia, the Hindu Kush Himalayan region includes all or parts of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Nepal, and Pakistan. The region is the source of many of Asia’s major rivers, including the Indus, Ganges, and Brahmaputra Rivers, which provide water for drinking and irrigation for about 1.5 billion people, the hydrological system that begins here has an impact on the population of nearly the entire Asian continent.

The focus here is on a component based jointly held water infrastructure, that provides a culturally and technically integrated alternative to damming large tracts of the waterways that these countries depend on to survive.

The inquiry is directed at three investigations, located respectively in Shanghai (China), Delhi (India) and Bhalwal (Pakistan). These three examine the establishment generic component based approach infrastructural framework that responds to differing local conditions, investigating the inherent opportunities for cybernetic coupling in the mega urban, developing urban and rural urban condition. The urban condition is specially explored in higher detail in Delhi, where chronic water shortages have already crippled the city, and the current government is founding its hopes for re-election on promises of 670 liters of free water per household per day. In this particular cultural condition the generic infrastructural condition has been coupled with the local Step well typology to provide a new form of urban occupation for communities in India that are threatened by similar water issue as Delhi.

The key driver for the investigation is water, its displacement for the production of energy, the recharging of ground water, cleaning of anthropogenic waste water to feed back in to local eco-system, and its fundamental integration in the project for the provision of leisure and public space infrastructure. The geometry, energy, public space, economy are all fundamentally driven by the relationship of water to the design. The regeneration of the site is achieved through the ecological loop created with an introduced hydrological cycle.
The model investigated here aims to provide an overarching framework for similar resource and community conflicts worldwide, providing a methodology for fostering collaboration in conflict zones through the intercession of co-operative resource management as a driver


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