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WaLi: Water for Life

Water resources are the core of any sustainable development, but they have been highly affected by unsustainable development and lack of appropriate government policies, and that brought the constantly increasing demand for fresh water. If the balance between demand and availability of a limited resource will not be restored, the world will have to cope with a dangerous global shortage of water.
The aim of WaLi project is to propose an alternative solution to the increasing problems of water scarcity, through fog harvesting technologies, therefore taking inspiration from nature, and demonstrate that this solution could be applied at the urban scale for different purposes.
The main goal of the project is to create an alternative, innovative solution to conventional fog harvesting devices. The project investigates a wide range of relevant cases of Fog Water Harvesting, in order to establish parameters to identify urban and regional contexts where to define design strategies. It defines the framework of social and economic feasibility of fog harvesting technology integration into urban context, and the study of the most promising textile materials. The result includes the development of novel concepts of integration of fog water harvesting elements into and collective spaces, the definition of scenarios on the expected effects of the project in terms of regeneration, activation of places, raising awareness and possible consequences.

Principal Academic Tutor
Alessandra Zanelli, Built Environment & Construction Engineering Depa, Politecnico di Milano

Academic Tutors
Valter Carvelli, Architecture, Built Environment & Construction Engineering Department, Politecnico di Milano
Roberta Ingaramo, Interuniversity Department
of Regional and Urban Studies and Planning, Politecnico di Torino
Claudia Marano, Dipartimento di Chimica, Materiali e Ingegneria Chimica, Politecnico di Milano
Gabriela Fernandez, Department of Architecture and Urban Studies, Politecnico di Milano

External institutions
Centro del Desierto de Atacama (CDA) de la Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
TensiNet Association, Eu network for all parties interested in tensioned membrane construction (Brussels)
IASS, International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (Madrid)

External Tutors
Giada Colasante, PhD in Structural Engineering, Civil Engineer, Newcastle University, UK
Blagoja Bajkovski, Department of Architecture and Urban Studies, Politecnico di Milano
Chiara Locardi, Department of Architecture and Urban Studies, Politecnico di Milano
Carol Monticelli, PhD in Technology of Architecture for the Built Environment, Politecnico di Milano
Barbara Tagliolini, Studi e Ricerche sul territorio, Private company

Team Members
Gloria Morichi, Architecture, Politecnico di MIlano
Sara Miladinović, Architecture, Politecnico di MIlano
Lucas Bandeira Calixto, Architecture, Politecnico di Torino
Runze Li, Civil Engineering, Politecnico di Milano
Federico Lorenzon, Architecture, Politecnico di Milano

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