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Hong Kong: Made with Rain
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Water is essential for all life on our planet. But as our cities grow and their water demands increase, water infrastructure in many parts of the world falls under enormous pressure. To understand water pressues cities face today, and explore possible solutions of tomorrow, liim studio honed in on the city of Hong Kong to explore a future where products are made with rain.
















Link to article by SPACE 10



Photography by Olivia Lifungula






In our research, we discovered that 46 percent of the city’s water is used by industry and services.

In Hong Kong, it rains a lot. And yet the island city directs 90 percent of its annual rainfall through the storm drain system, and imports 80 percent of its water from its neighbouring mainland area.









Photography by Hakan Nural










So we wondered:

What if water-intensive industries in Hong Kong could replace their water use with rain?













Beverage production is particularly water-intensive: it takes 168 litres of water to produce one pint of beer and 36 litres to produce one small box of lemon tea.











Lemon tea is synonymous with Hong Kong’s local cafe culture and identity. So we envisioned a rain collection system that blends into Hong Kong’s  flat rooftops and is used to make boxed lemon tea.











Photography by Olivia Lifungula






Photography by Olivia Lifungula






Photography by Olivia Lifungula








Photography by Olivia Lifungula


“It was important to us that we celebrated Hong Kong’s architectural details and unique signage.”

Quote by Michelle Lim






Photography by Olivia Lifungula










Photography by Olivia Lifungula









Photography by Olivia Lifungula
“People have water coming out of the tap so they don’t think about it too much, but in the climate crisis we must re-evaluate our relationship with water.” 

Quote by Andrea Li











Photography by Olivia Lifungula







Photography by Olivia Lifungula
3D Rain by Tigris Li
Model figure by Hetty Bax

Link to article by SPACE 10

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