The future of water, rethought

Water distribution device

IIT, 11/2016
Architecture of reaction
Profs. Monika Thadhani and Chris Groesbeck

with Faiza Mehmood and Yunji Chung


SpongeCloud, a means of balancing water between flooded and water-stressed areas, is a proposal that can be deployed worldwide to communities suffering from water-related issues. The SpongeCloud will soak up water with a sponge, evaporate it concentrating sunlight and collect it in a balloon.

Given that vapor is less dense than air, the structure will be lifted, and directed with a drone. Consequently, it will carry water as a cloud to areas in need, through an efficient, automated process, mimicking that of a natural cloud. Therefore, it will improve living conditions in the origin and destination.