In studying some basic construction methods, water is the biggest enemy. There are layers upon layers of flashing and waterproofing that go into construction, but is this really necessary? Could a more sustainable approach have no flashing or waterproofing with membranes?
As I was on the bus going through downtown, I was reflecting on the same composition of all the buildings Roughly, it is some type of stone and glass. Glass and stone. Concrete is included in the stone category. Do we, as a civilized and progressive society really not have anything better or with more variety?
My thoughts then lead me to connect these two, could we have a building that incorporates waterproofing and simultaneously provide a facade to a building that is different than stone and glass? And can we have a symbiotic relationship between the two? In my studies, I stumbled upon a design that seems to incorporate many ideas into one facade. Although the concept does not address flashing, it does incorporate some other issues of concern.
The concept pictured is a vertical system designed to harvest rainwater via natural processes. It also provides a facade that is unique to most other buildings as well. The concept provides a symbiotic relationship between human and nature. Probably still more beneficial toward humans since nature does not need human degradation, but this is a great step toward a more sustainable society. It does not treat water as an enemy to buildings. Instead, it relies on the presence and addition of water into the building. Water should not be treated like a rodent that enters a building–something that most people try to get rid of right away. On the contrary, water is a resource that should be incorporated into daily life not only by drinking it, but also in construction and architectural practices.