Hugon Kowalski from H3AR proposal Watertower idea for the eVolo addresses the growing need for water in Darfur, not only as a means to sustain life, but also to end the raging wars in the region. Many feel the problems of Darfur will end once a viable water source is found. Some are hopeful that water may be found in the region, however, a vast underground lake that scientists hoped could end violence, was just ruled to have probably dried up thousands of years ago because the area received too little rain and had the wrong rock types for water storage. Kowalski’s scheme takes the water crisis into account and has developed a tower to aid in the finding of underground water.
Kowalski’s tower is meant to allow access to the underground water by the application of water pumps. Inspired by water towers and also by the symbol of the African savanna – the baobab, the building houses water pumps, a treatment plant in addition to a hospital, school and a food storage center. This building is meant to provoke economical development but also stimulate cultural exchange and the coexistence of the three different religions and languages.
“This building is to be a focal point that will provoke the formation of a new village; a new world united by the life giving power of water,” explained Kowalski.