Posts Tagged ‘desert’

Consumed by the desert

I came across this a while back on Fast Company’s Co.Design, showing the abandoned town of Kolmanskop, Namibia, once home to German diamond miners. After the diamond fields dried up, residents gradually moved away, turning Kolmanskop into a ghost town by the 1950s and leaving it prey to the sands from the desert.

house in Kolmanskop, Namibia

Follow the link to see the rest of the pictorial.

The photos are by Alvaro Sanchez-Montañes. His portfolio is increadibly impressive and definitely worth a look.

Sietch Nevada

This is amazing. It’s the Sietch Nevada project from an exhibit (Out of Water | innovative technologies in arid climates) at the University of Toronto earlier this year.

View of the urban life among the water bank canals

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… 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.