Architects to Discuss Water Conservation Plan

January 16th, 2015

Caitlin Taylor of Centerbrook Architects and Amy Mielke of Ennead Architects, who have collaborated on a proposed system to control and collect Las Vegas’ flood waters, will make an illustrated presentation at the Essex Library on Friday, January 16 at 7 p.m. Their proposal, which is called Poreform, recently won top prize from the Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction in North America.

Their project will be featured in the January issue of Metropolis Magazine as a “game changer” in sustainable design and engineering.

“It’s an urban surface - an intelligent and flexible system of pores - that absorb and collect water like a skin for the city,” said Taylor. “The porous concrete surface is capable of rapid saturation and slow release, and the pores serve as inlets to a new adaptable infrastructure below its surface.”

The project offers a perspective on how future urban infrastructure can be resilient and adaptable in the face of climate uncertainty, and how municipalities can upgrade and reposition their water infrastructure. Controlling and conserving water resources performs both a civic and cultural service and promotes a more sustainable water economy for places like Las Vegas.

The presentation and discussion will address current water storage and water conservation and also describe their research and design of the Poreform system.

The event is free. Please call the library to register, (860) 767-1560.