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Sietch-Nevada

Postby Freakzilla » 28 Sep 2009 10:07

http://matsysdesign.com/2009/06/25/sietch-nevada/

Year: 2009
Location: 37°46′20.10″N, 117°31′57.38″W
Exhibition: Out of Water | innovative technologies in arid climates at the University of Toronto

Description: In Frank Herbert’s famous 1965 novel Dune, he describes a planet that has undergone nearly complete desertification. Dune has been called the “first planetary ecology novel” and forecasts a dystopian world without water. The few remaining inhabitants have secluded themselves from their harsh environment in what could be called subterranean oasises. Far from idyllic, these havens, known as sietch, are essentially underground water storage banks. Water is wealth in this alternate reality. It is preciously conserved, rationed with strict authority, and secretly hidden and protected.

Although this science fiction novel sounded alien in 1965, the concept of a water-poor world is quickly becoming a reality, especially in the American Southwest. Lured by cheap land and the promise of endless water via the powerful Colorado River, millions have made this area their home. However, the Colorado River has been desiccated by both heavy agricultural use and global warming to the point that it now ends in an intermittent trickle in Baja California. Towns that once relied on the river for water have increasingly begun to create underground water banks for use in emergency drought conditions. However, as droughts are becoming more frequent and severe, these water banks will become more than simply emergency precautions.

Sietch Nevada projects waterbanking as the fundamental factor in future urban infrastructure in the American Southwest. Sietch Nevada is an urban prototype that makes the storage, use, and collection of water essential to the form and performance of urban life. Inverting the stereotypical Southwest urban patterns of dispersed programs open to the sky, the Sietch is a dense, underground community. A network of storage canals is covered with undulating residential and commercial structures. These canals connect the city with vast aquifers deep underground and provide transportation as well as agricultural irrigation. The caverns brim with dense, urban life: an underground Venice. Cellular in form, these structures constitute a new neighborhood typology that mediates between the subterranean urban network and the surface level activities of water harvesting, energy generation, and urban agriculture and aquaculture. However, the Sietch is also a bunker-like fortress preparing for the inevitable wars over water in the region.


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Re: Sietch-Nevada

Postby Apjak » 28 Sep 2009 10:14

This is some design project by somebody in San Francisco. It looks to be of the quality of a college Graphic Design major, but props for the concept.
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Re: Sietch-Nevada

Postby SandRider » 28 Sep 2009 10:45

looks a little complicated for a time-share.

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Postby SandChigger » 28 Sep 2009 11:45

("Zombie" is code for rabid preeq, right? :D Or demented man-boy with sharp toys? :lol: )

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Re: Sietch-Nevada

Postby lotek » 28 Sep 2009 12:11

This goes to prove that genius never goes to waste!


(apparently in a 100 years they will use the mcdunes as a model for a space madhouse, designed to be filled with preeqs and sent into the sun to burn preeqs burn! all right i know it's not really the same but then again there is absolutely nothing from kja that could possibly become a reality in the distant or not future, and what to expect from a 13 year old mind trapped in that fat body of fat and fail)
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Re: Sietch-Nevada

Postby trang » 29 Sep 2009 00:42

Um... why not devote their time to figuring out that the planet is 76 percent water, and a pipline could be built from the gulf of california and run right back along the path of the colorado to the deprived areas. Desalinization is a valid, workable, usable technology.

If they want to live in caves with windtraps and wait for drips of water, go for it. I think a war between Snowbirds, Trailer Parks, Rockhounds and the locals is gonna occur before water shortage wars does.
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Underground sietch

Postby Frybread » 08 Oct 2009 11:09

http://www.livescience.com/environment/ ... evada.html

This is an interesting article using Frank Herbert's "Dune" as a reference.

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Re: Underground sietch

Postby Freakzilla » 08 Oct 2009 11:21

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Re: Sietch-Nevada

Postby Frybread » 08 Oct 2009 11:24

Sorry, Freak. I didn't know this had already been posted. Thanks.

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Re: Sietch-Nevada

Postby lotek » 08 Oct 2009 11:26

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Re: Sietch-Nevada

Postby Omphalos » 08 Oct 2009 14:29

SandChigger wrote:("Zombie" is code for rabid preeq, right? :D Or demented man-boy with sharp toys? :lol: )


Let's not sully the word "zombie" in that manner, K? :D

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Re: Sietch-Nevada

Postby SandChigger » 08 Oct 2009 19:23

Leave the dead to rest in pieces, I always say. :)