Water After Oil
The purpose of this project is to explore the intricate water cycle behind the crude oil extraction taskscape, one of the most dominating extraction industries in the world. Before oil extraction, a process called hydraulic fracturing requires an enormous amount of water to extend the lifespan and flow rate of oil wells takes place for each well. After the process, the majority of fracking water remains underground and becomes an invisible contamination source that infiltrates the ecosystem and our daily life. By analyzing existing data and focusing on the water cycle impacts caused by the hydraulic fracturing process at multiple scales, our approach generates an inflatable device that intervenes this issue in a subtle way that will be embedded in the existing taskscape and evoke awareness of this water crisis. The fields of floating balloon devices transform this invisible relationship of water after oil into visible forms by flipping the underground taskscape to above-ground. The device interacts with different states of water cycle and becomes an active agent that performs and operates in relation to water. The main concept of this project is to convert the water crisis into an opportunity for architectural performance design that transcends the terrestrial limitations.