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Water and Data as Public Elements

Water and data are the public resources that we use daily. They are distributed through pipes and cables, and they are processed through water treatment facilities and data centers. Even though the elements that we use are public, the facilities that treat water and data are hidden, isolated, and unrecognized by the public. By combining two hidden and secured facilities, the project reimagines the possibilities to operate together and create a public space that reacts to the weather and neighborhood events. The project is located in the heart of the musical community (Juilliard and Lincoln Center) with the ideal condition to collect overflow due to low topography. The data center is cooled with water collected from the neighborhood scales, and by-products such as heated or vaporized water are utilized through inflating structures embedded in the periphery of data servers. As inflating structures change throughout the weather and events, they give visual and spatial notions of collected overflow, data usage, and musical events to the public.