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    Project Overview Millions of people die every year from insufficient or unsafe water. More than 1.2 billion people lack access to clean drinking … Read More
    Project Overview Millions of people die every year from insufficient or unsafe water. More than 1.2 billion people lack access to clean drinking water. Only 2.5% of the Earth's water is freshwater, of which 68% is inaccessable. As a result, we are seeing a rapidly changing lanscape as countries that were once wet become arid and companies attempt to privatize this resource. Water scarcity impacts all aspects of life, including agriculture, sanitation and health. We are beginning to see an increase of people fleeing their countries for better resources and escaping potential 'water wars'. Our research lead us to find that 70% of global freshwater is used for food production. So while turning the sink faucet off or taking shorter showers will certainly help, we wanted to look at where the biggest impact can be made. In Iceland, food production is comprised largely of the fishing industry and makes up over 1/3 of Iceland's exports. We learned that of the water usage in Icelandic fisheries is currently unmonitored (though new regulations will be put in place in 2016 to address this). We also learned that Icelandic fisheries use approximately twice as much water to process fish as other scandinavian countries, and that roughly 70% of the water used goes to cleaning the facilities. While Iceland currently has the most renewable water per capita in the world, that shouldn't excuse excessive and unsustainable water use. So how might we help address this situation, and bring it to light to those who are stakeholders in this area? One might ask ‘Water we doing?’ Read Less
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Students
Christian Poulsen
Eusun Pak
Sinéad McCarron
Sölvi Kristjánsson

Mentors
Hlín Helga Guðlaugsdóttir
Massimo Santanicchia
Thomas Edouard Pausz

Project Overview
Millions of peole die every year from insufficient or unsafe water. More than 1.2 billion people lack access to clean drinking water. Only 2.5% of the Earth's water is freshwater, of which 68% is inaccessible. As a result, we are seeing a rapidly changing landscape as countries that were once wet become arid and companies attempt to privatize this resource.

Water scarcity impacts all aspects of life, including agriculture, sanitation and health. We are beginning to see an increase of people fleeing their countries for better resources and escaping potential 'water wars'.

Our research lead us to find that 70% of global freshwater is used for food production. So while turning the sink faucet off or taking shorter showers will certainly help, we wanted to look at where the biggest impact can be made. In Iceland, food production is comprised largely of the fishing industry and makes up over 1/3 of Iceland's exports. We learned that of the water usage in Icelandic fisheries is currently unmonitored (though new regulations will be put in place in 2016 to address this). We also learned that Icelandic fisheries use approximately twice as much water to process fish as other scandinavian countries, and that roughly 70% of the water used goes to cleaning the facilities.
 
While Iceland currently has the most renewable water per capita in the world, that shouldn't excuse excessive and unsustainable water use. So how might we help address this situation, and bring it to light to those who are stakeholders in this area? One might ask ‘Water we doing?’

Agents / Stakeholders
Ocean Cluster House / Sjávarklasinn — A collective of companies, startups, and individuals who deal directly with ocean and fishing industry in the Reykjavik Harbor.
Research / Observation
Concept Scenario
As a method of prompting conversation about water usage and conversation amongst the stakeholders in Sjávarklasinn, we proposed a scenario wherein the water pipelines would be elevated above ground. How would an increased awareness of where our water is coming from and going change the way we think about and treat this valuable resource?
Architectural Model
To prompt the conversation of water conversation in Sjávarklasinn, we built a 1:1000 scale model of the Reykjavík Harbor, reimagining the current water pipelines as an above-ground system. We then presented the model, along with our research, to a group of employees at Sjávarklasinn.