The Aqueduct: Site-Specific Structure

2019, Summer

The Aqueduct is a project initiated during the summer design program hosted by RISD EHP in Rome, inspired directly by the great city of Rome and Italian water culture.
Rome is a city with a deep relationship with water. It has aqueducts build nearly 2300 years ago, transporting water from the mountains to the streets, which made Rome the first city in the world to be supplied by running water. These days, sculptural fountains and drinking water fountains are still around in the city, kept providing chilly drinkable water. On the other hand, the temperature in Rome in the summer can peak at 88° F. There is barely any shade on the street for pedestrians because the city wants to avoid any permanent structure built on top of the historical buildings.


A summer spent in Rome can be doubtlessly a fascinating experience but too, smoldering.

The Aqueduct is a public installation composed of multiple pieces with different functions, such as providing drinking water and shade for the street. It will be seasonally installed in public open spaces in Rome in the summer and disassembled when needed. The Aqueduct is a water transportation system, a cooling system, and at the same time, an architectural structure. It will protect visitors from the sunlight and at the same time provide a space for them to stop by, drink cool water, or hang out.

Based on the research on the site, I sketched several plans to fit the street of Rome. The bridge is one of then with tree function integrated as one. The water will be sent into the structure through an elevated pipe from the fountain, go through the mist maker and the half translucent canal, and finally reach the ground level through a slope that serves as a drinking fountain.

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