Writes lauded, humanitarian-minded Italian firm Architecture and Vision of this ingeniously low-tech, low-cost, and potentially life-saving bit of design that was first unveiled in 2012 but has been getting a decent amount of attention as of late:

'WarkaWater' is a project conceived for the mountainous regions in Ethiopia, where women and children walk several hours to collect water. To ease this dramatic condition, the studio ‘Architecture and Vision’ is developing the project ‘WarkaWater’ which is harvesting potable water from the air and honors the disappearing Ethiopian warka trees. The 9 m tall [30-foot] bamboo framework has a special fabric hanging inside capable to collect potable water from the air by condensation. The lightweight structure is designed with parametric computing, but can be built with local skills and materials by the village inhabitants.

More, including words from co-designer Arturo Vittori who was inspired to create the WarkaWater tower after witnessing, first-hand, the oft-grueling (and dangeous) daily process involved with collecting clean, drinkable water in remote sub-Saharan villages, over at Smithsonian.com.

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