The situation of the current of the storm water management systems in the urban areas is seen below.
So what can we do as sustainable designers to combat this situation? I looked into some systems and found two resources
1. Lucke, Terry, and Peter W.b. Nichols. "The Pollution Removal and Stormwater Reduction Performance of Street-side Bioretention Basins after Ten Years in Operation." Science of The Total Environment 536 (2015): 784-92. Web.
2. Mangangka, Isri R., An Liu, Prasanna Egodawatta, and Ashantha Goonetilleke. "Performance Characterisation of a Stormwater Treatment Bioretention Basin." Journal of Environmental Management 150 (2015): 173-78. Web.
Both these resources talk about bioretention basins being very viable options for stormwater management.
As part of my kinetic sculpture, I plan on taking this bio- retention basin and constructing a prototype of the basin that will also function as a way to use water for a moderm HVAC system using copper tubes.
This way people will get educated about how dirty water can be purified by the soil and then be re-used in buildings with very little wasted.
Below is an image showing the different layers in a bioretention basin:
For the purpose of my prototype I will be using a transparent box that will house the soil. Connect this soil to a motor that will then carry the water through a set of copper tubes and then heat/cool a space. Thereby, behaving like a typical HVAC system
This diagram demonstrates the above mentioned statement.
Below is an image of the mock up that shows the different layers of soil I created.