With our proposal we call for a paradigm shift both in the way we imagine public spaces and in the way we conceive water management infrastructures in urban contexts. What we hear from expert’s debate about climate change, although blurred and controversial, talks about a future where heavier rainfalls and hotter temperatures will strain our urban environments and its infrastructures. Hidden under our plazas and streets lays a costly infrastructure that has to deal with rainwater and its unpredictable volume changes and treats this precious resource as a waste product mixing it with households’ black waters and channelling it to space-devouring treatment plants. What if we could take this load out of our sewage pipes and alchemichally transform this substance into liveliness and enjoyment of our squares and neighborhoods ? What if, while refurbishing our urban outdoors, or building new suburbia we could, at the same time, lay down a light and sustainable infrastructure to sort and store a resource that might become more and more scarce and precious.
Work group: Claudio Persico (group leader), Marina Corrente, Ivan Alaggio, Andrea Abita