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2 nd year projects. Myles Bates. Water for all. Unilever Award of £1500. Brief:. Lighten the burden of water collection for women in the developing world. Problem. Water supplies are far away Girls miss school to retrieve water in the mornings

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2 nd year projects

2nd year projects

Myles Bates

Water for all

Water for all

Unilever Award of £1500


  • Lighten the burden of water collection for women in the developing world.


  • Water supplies are far away

  • Girls miss school to retrieve water in the mornings

  • The water is often dirty and full of disease

  • Causing illness and death, as well as problems from carrying the heavy water.

F acts

  • More than 3.4 million people die each year from water, sanitation, and hygiene-related causes. Nearly all deaths, 99 percent, occur in the developing world.

  • Lack of access to clean water and sanitation kills children at a rate equivalent of a jumbo jet crashing every four hours.

  • 780 million people lack access to an improved water source; approximately one in nine people.

  • "[The water and sanitation] crisis claims more lives through disease than any war claims through guns."

  • Over 2.5X more people lack water than live in the United States.

Solutions play pump
Solutions: play pump

  • playground wheel water pump

    • children play with it, which in turn draws water from rivers, lakes and wells.

      • Clean water

      • More attendance at schools

      • Fun

      • Paid for by advertisements on billboard on water tank

      • Also has public information on other boards

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Solution rain water collection
Solution: Rain water collection


It does not rain enough to make this solution effective to the mass population.

Solutions water wheel
Solutions: water-wheel

  • Collect water easily

  • Wheel water to save carrying, easy to push

  • Possibly could clean water as you move it

  • Quicker and easier water collection


  • http://www.sswm.info/category/implementation-tools/water-distribution/hardware/non-piped-distribution/human-powered-distr


  • Various similar and cheaper products.

Solution life straw
Solution: Life-straw

  • Cleans water as you drink

  • Acts as a filter straw

  • Does not help carrying water

  • Single person only

  • http://www.frieze.com/issue/article/design-matters/

  • http://dornsife.usc.edu/news/stories/618/the-worth-of-water/

  • http://www.buylifestraw.com

Solution reusable bottle
Solution: reusable bottle

  • Water bottle turns in to piping

  • Helps transport water closer to communities

  • http://inhabitat.com/jointhepipe-brilliant-water-bottle-wins-2010-dutch-design-award/

  • http://jointhepipe.blogspot.co.uk

Solution condensation collector
Solution: Condensation collector

  • A Giant Basket That Uses Condensation to Gather Drinking Water

  • His stunning water towers stand nearly 30 feet tall and can collect over 25 gallons of potable water per day by harvesting atmospheric water vapor.

  • Each tower costs approximately $550 and can be built in under a week with a four-person team and locally available materials.

  • Inspired by the Warka tree


Material research
Material research

  • Water absorbing polymer

    • The polymer beads will swell to up to 3 time their original volume as they absorb water.

  • Then release the water later

  • Useful for collecting moisture and water from the ground.

Solution water venders
Solution: water venders

  • Water transport and selling door to door

  • http://www.sswm.info/category/implementation-tools/water-distribution/hardware/non-piped-distribution/human-powered-distr

Health aspects
Health Aspects

The quality of the water depends a lot on the source of water (see table below). Its contents are not always of drinking water quality. Even if water is safe at the point of source, there is a high risk of contamination during transport. To prevent waterborne diseases from unverified sources, safe storage and treatment of the water at the point of use and adapted hygienic conditions are very important.

Table 1: Improved and unimproved drinking water sources. Source: (WHO/UNICEF 2010)

Revised brief
Revised brief

  • Design a low cost, affordable, solution to assist in transporting water to homes in the water deprived Sub-Saharan desert. Encouraging children age 8-16 (mostly girls) to attend school, instead of missing it due to water collection. The solution must be capable of on distilling the water so it is clean and safe to drink.

Creative conditions


RBS Award of £3500 for the best design project

RBS Award of £1000 for the best business case


  • Design and develop a vision and business case for an environment or situation that prompts and fosters creative thinking.

T hemes

  • Bright colours

  • Curved corners

  • http://www.fastcoexist.com/3035799/this-origami-inspired-office-design-expands-contracts-and-changes-its-shape#9

Changeable objects and shapes
Changeable objects and shapes

  • Triangle shaped object can change into ‘any’ shape

  • Could make an office out of these shapes to make it customisable.

  • http://www.designboom.com/architecture/sako-architects-family-box-in-beijing-china-09-25-2014/

Rent a creative space
Rent a creative space

  • http://www.creativespaces.net.au

  • Able to rent a local space to do projects

  • Large spaces

  • Plain and open

  • Not tailored to a

    set industry

  • Expensive for a

    new business

Working late
Working late?

  • Office/dining room

  • Office raises into the ceiling to stop working late at home

  • Able to relax at home while still able to work during the day

  • http://www.fastcoexist.com/3035778/no-more-working-late-at-the-end-of-each-day-this-office-disappears#5

C onverted shipping container
Converted shipping container

  • Converted shipping container

  • Small space converted to feel large

  • Recycling

  • Cheap

  • Quirky

  • http://inhabitat.com/shelterkraft-werks-builds-homes-shops-from-reclaimed-shipping-containers/

Pod s

  • Little spaces

  • Cocoon for people to relax and free their mind in

  • http://igloo.com.au/blog/creative-spaces/

Creative offices examples
Creative offices examples

  • http://www.thecoolhunter.co.uk/offices/

  • http://www.thecoolhunter.co.uk/design/CREATIVE-WORK-ENVIRONMENTS---Do-you-work-in-one-/

  • http://prism_design.prosite.com

Mobility city


Paid internship at Priestmangoode

RSA Fellows’ Award of £1500


  • new design wheel chair

  • easier to stand

  • to be pushed by others as most people are pushed

  • better posture

  • https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1836312178/movi-transport-chair?ref=category