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[WA]

WATERSHED ARCHITECTURE

 a design-research project by

 

[dhd] 

derek hoeferlin design

 

with

Washington University in St. Louis

+

Collaborators

 

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WHY [wa] ?

Water is the reason we can say its name
— Edward Burtynsky, Water
 
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[WA] METHODOLOGY

 

 a 4-part, WATER-BASED DESIGN methodology

DOCUMENT + MOBILIZE 

UNDERSTAND + ANALYZE 

SPECULATE + SYNTHESIZE 

COLLABORATE + CATALYZE

 

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DOCUMENT + MOBILIZE

Water is everywhere before it is somewhere
— Anuradha Mathur and Dilip da Cunha, Design in the Terrain of Water
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UNDERSTAND + ANALYZE

“Water is the planet’s universal solvent: its extraordinary capacity to saturate, dissolve, and mingle with other molecules to catalyze essential chemical reactions makes it Earth’s most potent agent of change.”
— Steven Solomon, Water: The Epic Struggle for Wealth, Power, and Civilization
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SPECULATE + SYNTHESIZE

“Water mingles with every kind of natural phenomenon; and more than one might imagine, it has also mingled with the particular destiny of mankind.”
— Fernand Braudel, Memory and the Mediterranean
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COLLABORATE + CATALYZE

“Whiskey is for drinking. Water is for fightin’ over.”
— Mark Twain