An understanding of local water resources is often a key consideration in site selection & program implementation. This design & engineering mashup dives into the hydrologic cycle and its relationship to life on Earth (kind of).
The Prelinger Archive (at archive.org) provided the two public-domain video source reels:
-- Pipeline To The Clouds (1952) for just about everything
-- American Engineer (1956) for the middle part about hydroelectric power
The original music was composed in Apple GarageBand, with the final video sync and assembly handled in iMovieHD.
Whether an architect's vision includes a simple retention pond planted with low-maintenance cattails to help process certain types of wastewater effluent, or the creation of a massive "bathtub" arrangement as in the case of New York's World Trade Center, water resource management can take a variety of forms to help achieve a successful project (and an impressed client). Many of our LEED professionals, and teams such as RGR Landscape, can help promote workable solutions for our clients toward this end.
And once again, I find the hand-crafted animation as a wonderful relic of a bygone era, as plainly explanatory as it is wonderfully charming.
I also have to be pleased that this video has been embedded on the home page of the "Hidrologia Basica" (Basic Hydrology) class taught at Bolivar University near Caracas, Venezuela. It's amazing to me that I can get interest and eMails from engineering students viewing this work from almost a hemisphere away, and that we understand each other in sharing common interests in the 21st century.
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