I confess that my literary life list does not include Dune, Frank Herbert’s sci-fi epic. But perhaps it should.
For a show at the University of Toronto, architect Andrew Kudless has drawn on Herbert to design a dystopian future urban world in which we southwesterners dig down, building underground to preserve our water:
Sietch Nevada is an urban prototype that makes the storage, use, and collection of water essential to the form and performance of urban life. Inverting the stereotypical Southwest urban patterns of dispersed programs open to the sky, the Sietch is a dense, underground community. A network of storage canals is covered with undulating residential and commercial structures. These canals connect the city with vast aquifers deep underground and provide transportation as well as agricultural irrigation.
Or perhaps a bunker to hunker down in when we finally have to fight the water wars? Can we grow lettuce on the roof? Long term, is this what Cadiz is really heading for?