Majed Abdulsamad (Syria)
Seong Ahn (Korea)
Maria Isabel Carrasco (Ecuador)
Haochen Yang (China)
Rooting Informality advocates for a retrofitted micro water infrastructure that allows for collection and storage of water in the informal settlement, and serves as a basis for future growth. In its first stages, the proposed replicable system can be implemented individually and collectively by its own residents (DIY) following these phases: installation of individual deflectors and tanks, construction of shared tanks, and connection of the shared tanks with gutters and aqueducts. The later phase, includes the city (Damascus Water Authority), Department of Water and Irrigation, and UNHCR for the construction of major underground tanks and the building that will allocate the collective activities. This model allows not only for independence and flexibility in terms of implementation, but will also become part of the legacy and memory of the settlement to be left for future populations.