Water is most certainly taken for granted here in Kuwait. It is a very scarce resource in such an arid and desert climate, though it is used in abundance due to our rich economy and thriving population. No taxes or regulations have been set in regards to educate and regulate the public on how much is being spent/consumed to produce such clean & disinfected water that is readily available to each household. We certainly are a country that praises the power of our wealth in producing and attaining water for its population, where architectural monuments have been erected to commemorate this.
From the iconic Kuwait Towers to the graphic mushroom water towers we find scattered between different parts of the city and its suburbs. These iconic shapes and forms have trickled down into a series of crude and cartoon-ish drinking water fountains that we find hidden within lush garden extensions of private homes to public parks and squares in the city.
Unfortunately, these water fountains have developed into eye-sores and neglected unmaintained apparatus extensions of the generous water grid system of Kuwait.
The question that puts itself out in the open is; In embracing our wealth through water conservation in the 70s have we transformed this sense of pride into a sign of over-consumption in our present day? and how can we find a design resolution for this matter?
Nuqat is a non-profit organisation based in Kuwait City that is dedicated to the development of creativity in the Arab world. The event produce training programs, lectures and cultural entertainment in both Arabic and English covering topics in visual, therapeutic, commercial and performing arts in addition to creative entrepreneurship.
Water Pavilion | Nuqat Conference 2014
Kuwait City, Kuwait