Over a decade ago, Waterstudio launched City Apps, its applied research project, to address the challenges flood-prone areas. This initiative was a response to the urgent need for solutions in these regions.
To do so, City Apps merge standardized systems with materials and craftsmanship available locally. These solutions cover a wide range of functions, such as sanitation, healthcare, energy generation, communal workspaces, and other vital facilities. The goal of City Apps is to deliver flexible and sustainable infrastructure that effectively caters to the needs of communities in these flood-prone areas.
Thanks to the discovery of a significant local ally in Kumar Prashant, founder of the Centre of Resilience, the City Apps project reach the floodplain of Bihar in India. This partnership marks the preliminary steps in assisting the inhabitants of this flood-stricken region to build a more promising future.
The prototype resulting from this partnership signifies the initial stride towards actualizing the City App vision for adaptive growth on floodplains. This is a crucial step forward, with the ultimate aim of expanding to thousands of standardized floating units built locally. Upon completion of the testing phase, an exhaustive study will be undertaken to assess the wider impacts of this pioneering project.
This research is essential to understand the full implications of the project. The information and insights collected will lay the groundwork for devising long-term strategies for sustainable management of floodplains in Bihar. This data-driven approach ensures that the strategies developed are effective and beneficial for the communities involved.
The City Apps initiative exemplifies a holistic approach to floodplain development, recognizing the importance of not only providing physical infrastructure but also empowering communities to become self-reliant and resilient. By fostering collaboration and sharing knowledge between global experts and local stakeholders, City Apps aims to transform the way we approach floodplain development.