june 2018

22jun12:0512:35Nikole Bouchard: The Strainer12:05 - 12:35 E: Ship Studio

Event Details

Only 2.5% of the earth’s water supply is potable and much of that is wasted, polluted and distributed unfairly. Since 1950, the world population has nearly tripled, but water consumption has increased six-fold. Low-tech, self-sufficient and affordable water collection systems have been around for centuries. These constructs condense, collect, cleanse and store potable water from the environment. Air wells, rain chains, step wells, chlorination pots and condensation collectors are all examples of scalable, modular and low-tech water systems that must be revisited and re-imagined.

The Strainer is being run as a workshop at Liquidscapes, building on an on- going design research studio that asks participants to consider the architectural, cultural, economic and environmental issues tied to the wasted water that surrounds us. This presentation is a report on the overall project.

The Strainer workshop asks participants to quickly and creatively design a water collection and/or filtration screen system inspired by a series of historical and contemporary precedents. The knowledge gained from these precedents will inspire new experiments and help to develop innovative and thoughtful design ideas that respond and react to environmental conditions. This project interrogates the physical interface between architectural design and fabricated material assemblies in an effort to discover novel applications of non-standard water collection and cleansing screen systems. Participants will develop a tectonic system made of a series of parts, that when assembled into a larger whole, purify freshwater. The Strainer screens will create compelling material effects, inspires user interaction and provides education regarding water quality and remediation techniques.


Nikole’s research and design work focuses on how the intersection between art, architecture and landscape can stimulate ecologically sensitive and culturally relevant design interventions. Nikole is an Assistant Professor in the School of Architecture & Urban Planning at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. Nikole has also taught at Cornell University, Syracuse University, the University of Waterloo and the University of Toronto. In 2015 Nikole was a Fellow at The MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, NH and an Artist- in-Residence at Baer Art Center in Hofsós, Iceland. Nikole holds a MArch II Degree from Princeton University and a BArch Degree from Cornell University.


(Friday) 12:05 - 12:35


E: Ship Studio

Dartington Hall, Totnes, Devon TQ9 6EL