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Slow Ablution

Water holds significant values in Muslim society. Ablution is practiced before prayers and a Sebil offers the public free drinking water. According to an old resident in Islamberg: To deny someone water is unforgivable. The waqf imagines a 15-year plan for Islamberg that begins with creating mini-reservoirs and constructed wetland; phase 2 involves building ablution bridges using filtered rainwater; phase 3 expands into community programs with built in rainwater harvesting and wastewater filtration systems. During these phases, water wells will be closed gradually. Slow Ablution proposes a bridge-over-wetland typology and reintroduces water flows not as problems, but as opportunities to generate new relationships between watershed, rural religious community, and the city.