A New Normal: Water Unlimited Past Event

Presented by Openwork & Finding Infinity
A New Normal: Water Unlimited
A silver tap is mounted to a wall. The whole image has a blue wash
A New Normal: Water Unlimited
Image courtesy Openwork + Finding Infinity

This speculative project challenges the wider public to begin to embrace treated wastewater in their daily lives. Design can be an agent to normalise and celebrate the use of treated water, which is a logical and financial inneviability in comparison to the much higher cost desalination process. The outcome will leave future generations with a more cost effective, more secure and high-quality water supply. To achieve this, we must engage the people of Melbourne with treated water in new ways. This project is an example of how design can be a conduit between technology and cultural change.

Openwork and Finding Infinity are presenting their pilot project as part of A New Normal, helping to accelerate Greater Melbourne’s transition from a consumer to a producer. With its water supply forecast to run out as early as 2028, Melbourne must start treating and reusing water.

This event is part of A New Normal, a project led by Finding Infinity that challenges Melbourne to become an entirely self-sufficient city. This is explored through a series of installations and talks by Melbourne’s leading architects and designers in a former office building at 130 Collins Street. For additional events, please check back to this website or A New Normal’s website: www.normalise.it


Mark Jacques, Openwork

Mark Jacques is the Director of Openwork, a Melbourne based Landscape Architecture and Urban Design practice undertaking built research and speculative projects in, for and about public space. He is Professor of Architecture (Urbanism) Industry Fellow within RMIT’s School of Architecture and Urban Design.

Ross Harding, Finding Infinity

Ross is a passionate, enthusiastic and creative engineer with a purpose. He has helped to push the limits environmentally on some of the world’s most advanced projects. Finding Infinity, his firm, provides advice and cost/benefit analysis on architectural projects ranging from houses to citywide masterplans & ski resorts. His primary focus is on the financial viability and inevitability of self sufficient cities.

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