02  /   06   /   2011

Recreation / Reclamation

The initial idea of the design is inspired by Nazca Aqueduct system. The Nazca Aqueducts were built in the 3rd to 6th century AD by the Nazca people to survive the arid desert climate. Water running in aquifers was channeled to where it was needed using man-made underground channels. Concentrically paths leading down to these underground channels provided for direct access to the water and the underground channel for maintenance. Still in use today by the inhabitants of the valley, these tunnels, wells and trenches are known collectively as puquios. The lower end of the puquio system consists of open trenches which emerge from the tunnels allowing public access to the water for drinking, bathing, and washing clothes as well as a means to channel it for agricultural purposes. These trenches or aqueducts are V-shaped, often with terraced sides lined with river cobbles that form retaining walls. The bases of these trenches can be as narrow as a meter and the tops as wide as 10 meters. The idea is instead of collecting the underground water we collect the rainwater that falls on the surface. Therefore, we use the system in an inverse mode. Control the flow of the water on the surface rather than underground.