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Rain(A)Way by Fien Dekker


Photo by Lisa Klappe

Climate change causes heavy rain. Sewers in big cities cannot handle the surplus water from ever more frequent cloudbursts. Rain(a)way offers an elegant solution, turning a problem into an asset for the city. Inspired by Japanese architecture, this transparent system serves as a public reservoir. Instead of hiding the water underground, it is captured above ground in a wavy pavement pattern. Through various layers of local clay and gravel it is slowly absorbed into the ground: the beauty of this natural cycle is visualised in public space.

Fien Dekker