The modern way of living with water is an illusion.
While celebrating modern comfort, the system of hidden water pipes has contributed to the feeling and perception of a limitless, dematerialized and invisible resource.
Yet aware of its scarcity, we face everyday the complex paradox of a limited resource in unlimited access.
The common perception of water in our homes is through a 30cm stream flowing from a faucet down the drain. From that perspective, it is very difficult to assess and understand the amounts we consume every time we open a tap. The way we handle water is obviously out of sight.
This lack of visibility and passive interaction with water do not allow for a change in our consumption habits. However, our water access system needs to adapt to the evolution and context of nowadays : a planet running out of water.
Challenging the way we perceive and interact with water in our homes, this alternative system questions the standards of modern water access with a strong focus on visible amounts and gestures.
Bonding with water through gestural measurement based on pumping, as well as through visual estimation could encourage a much clearer understanding and sensory experience of our interactions with water. And therefore a greater responsive use.
With knowing will come caring, and with caring will come changes.
Graduation project at Design Academy Eindhoven
Finalist of the Change Maker Challenge
Awarded by the Dopper Foundation
Photo credit : Léa Mazy / Baptiste Comte / Fraser McPhee
Video editing : Léa Mazy