Warka Water tower bags the World Design Impact Prize

Warka-Water-by-Architecture-and-Vision-23-1020x610 copyThe World Design Impact Prize 2016 has been awarded to the Warka Water tower at the World Design Capital gala in Taipei. Brainchild of Italian industrial designer Arturo Vittori, Warka Water is a water-catchment system. The design consists of a bamboo frame holding up a mesh that’s been especially built to harvest rain, fog, and dew droplets from the air. The tower is made from materials found locally, and it’s simple enough for a team of six to put it together in less than a week. Since May 2015, Warka Water’s 3.2 prototype has provided water to villagers of the Dorze Community in Ethiopia, a country where less than half the population has access to a clean water source. They’re now looking to expand to more parts of the world and are aiming to achieve mass production by 2019.