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recipes for action

This cookbook is a collection of ideas, recipes for action. The recipes posted here are provocations, prompts, calls for action. There are suggestions, tutorials, guides. There is a lot of information that can help people make informed decisions that can impact on their lives and our planet.

Urban Rainwater Garden

A combination of a water wall, a Japanese water fountain, and a balcony garden.

Urban Rainwater Garden' is proposed to change and improve the quality of city livings in apartments since the ratio of people living in the city will increase to approximately 68% in 2050. It is a way of raising the significance of urban biodiversity in cities, as well as connecting people with nature and appreciating it.

This proposal is about letting people build their own rainwater garden by learning from their explorations and understandings. The result can be different while everyone might understand it differently. For example, it could be a gardening area with water plants; could be somewhere to sustain rainwater and reuse them for personal or laundry wash; or even a calm corner for people who got tired from a whole day of work.

Why Rainwater Garden?

Water is the majority part of every creature. Since it is too common, we always forget about its importance. Therefore, I want to carry out the idea of rainwater harvesting in city apartments and explore more possibilities for adapting to the enactment.

Urban Rainwater Garden is an idea of letting people save natural resources and pay attention to current environmental issues. In order to let people feel more engaged and interact with the rainwater garden, there will be a website letting people share their visions and their own gardens; or maybe they just want to have a place to chill and relax whilst listening to the sound of water flowing. At the end of the day, I wish this proposal will not simply be a rainwater garden that only contains rainwater and plants but a wall full of memories and meanings to it.


By Cathy Chen

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