Warka water is a nonprofit organization that focuses on innovative and sustainable solutions to some of humanity’s most enduring problems through the fusion of local knowledge and resources, visionary design, and ancient traditions. At the helm of the project is its founder, italian architect Arturo Vittori, who has devoted his life to the mission of sustainably bringing potable water, and proper sanitation and hygiene to some of the world’s most isolated communities.
Through the fusion of local knowledge and resources, visionary design, and ancient traditions, warka water is working to dramatically improve the lives of villagers in rural communities. From the warka tower — a vertical structure designed to collect and harvest potable water from the air — to an integrated, community-driven village in the Cameroon rainforest, Vittori’s work saw him awarded The Design Prize 2019 in the category of ‘Social impact’.
Designboom spoke with vittori to learn about why he decided to dedicate his career (and life) to harvesting water from the air, the past and current difficulties he has faced, and how he sees himself in the next ten years.