Hydro-Net

Posted by on February 11th, 2008 in architecture, environs, photos, tech

The always-fascinating BLDGBLOG is carrying information about the total redesign and reimagination of the San Francisco peninsula in the year 2108 A.D., having been overlain, if not completely replaced by, a kind of prosthetic hydrological landscape – complete with underground rivers of algae which will be cultivated as a source of hydrogen for fuel.

HYDRO-NET also serves to simultaneously collect, distribute and store water and power tapped from vast existing underground geothermal fields and aquifiers stretching from Golden Gate Park to SFO.  New porous pavement replaces today’s streets, allowing rain runoff now sent in to storm sewers to recharge the aquifiers.  HYDRO-NET also links to an array of fog harvesters, further diversifying San Francisco’s sources of water.

More at IwamotoScott’s Flickr set.

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5 Responses to “Hydro-Net”

  1. wow, that’s a) really pretty and b) a damn good idea.

    I live in a city still under strict water restrictions, despite it having rained oh so much this past few months. Because none of the rain fell in the catchment areas. Make the whole city a catchment area and our problem would be solved. (‘least, while it’s still raining). Watching perfectly good water flow into storm-water drains just makes me angry these days.

  2. Future-brilliance at its best, this is.

    m1k3y and I live within suburbs of each other, so I’m of the same angry state of mind when it comes to the water situation. We get shitloads of rain in the city, then I go to visit friends in the rural areas and there is still that flat, dead and dry land stretching out. And we in the city have to time everything – showers, basic watering of gardens, laundry washloads etc. Inconvenient, but you just have to do it.

    All these rooftops in the city, all these open urban spaces and we have no way to capture the water and people still refuse to talk about recycled water.

    The only problem I can see with introducing this kind of awesome idea is that people might then get lazy, thinking it’s all okay again, and start wasting water like before.

  3. @m1k3y Yah. All the jobs possible, the problems it could fix, if given to able-minded infrastructure agents… Cue weeping for the future….now.

  4. @xutraa.. but it’s gonna be the same result anyway, what with them building a stinking big desalination plant that’s gonna spew tons of salt back into the ocean. yeah, ’cause that’s sure to work out just fine.

    screw our government and their pandering to big business, when they could spend just as much money and start moving towards the more elegant solution shown above.
    (not to mention put our taxpaying money into the hands of a thousand tradesmen, instead of giving yet another MegaCorp a 20yr license to rip us off on water)

  5. meanwhile, they’ve getting energy from raindrops now?!
    http://dsc.discovery.com/news/2008/02/07/raindrops-energy.html