Since 2003, the eVolo architecture skyscraper competition has brought together students and professionals into an arena of human and environmentally oriented design. This year, the third place winner has a place in my own heart, and possibly one in Terry*’s. The corkscrew shaped building, designed by Alberto Fernández and Susan Ortega, was conceived to develop and maintain a sustainable agricultural industry near the Atacama desert. The building’s high surface area makes it ideal for harvesting water droplets from the “Camanchaca”, a dense, higher altitude fog that does not precipitate onto the dry land below. From Inhabitat:
Here, trace minerals from the sea are filtered out via a reverse osmosis system, which is much more efficient than processing sea water into potable water via desalination plants. The end result is a water distribution system with a planned performance of 2-20 liters per square meter of vertical surface, producing from 20,000 to 200,000 liters of water per day.