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Self Started Project in 2016-2018

Sift Sustainable Filtration Systems

How could a product educate developing communities on water filtration, provide monetary incentive for clean water, and allow those in need to propagate filtration methods to surrounding isolated areas?

Sustainable and self distributing clean water.

Sift is a product-system that teaches emerging local communities how to produce their own water filters locally using natural materials, and incorporate them into their everyday lives.

By giving local artisans the ability to create and sell filters amongst their current products, it allows for the natural propagation of clean water throughout communities.

The lid of the kettle concept is the filter itself, while the body can be made using a standard clay. This is to encourage users to filter water over any vessel that they may own.
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The droplet filter works by being placed in an elevated container of water. The hose is run down to a smaller vessel, starting a slow drip of filtered water.
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The primary concept seen here is designed functionally similar to a kettle. Pour dirty water in, wait, and pour clean water out. This familiar action helps users understand the product without instruction.
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The primary concept seen here is designed functionally similar to a kettle. Pour dirty water in, wait, and pour clean water out. This familiar action helps users understand the product without instruction.
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The mold itself is intentionally degradable. After a period of time the mold will fail, and the community will be able to use the information learned to create new designs that are better suited to their culture and location.
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The mold itself is intentionally degradable. After a period of time the mold will fail, and the community will be able to use the information learned to create new designs that are better suited to their culture and location.
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Inspiration

Sift is a product-system that teaches emerging local communities how to produce their own water filters locally using natural materials, and incorporate them into their everyday lives.

By giving local artisans the ability to create and sell filters amongst their current products, it allows for the natural propagation of clean water throughout communities.

Locally sourced materials

The filter material is created from clay and fine sawdust. Kiln firing a vessel made from the mixture chars the wood, causing it to shrink inside the walls of the pot. What's left is a semi-permeable charcoal filter that can protect against 99% of all water-borne contaminants. In areas with higher concentrations of heavy metals, mixing in silica or zinc can also increase overall effectiveness.

The initial concept was proposed with three design variations; a kettle, a drop in filter, and an over-bottle concept. After research and deliberation, the bottle variant was determined to be non-functional due to the volume and pressure needed.

The lid of the kettle concept is the filter itself, while the body can be made using a standard clay. This is to encourage users to filter water over any vessel that they may own.
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The droplet filter works by being placed in an elevated container of water. The hose is run down to a smaller vessel, starting a slow drip of filtered water.
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Intuitive Iconography

The design of the mold series started in 2016 after a trek through the remote regions of Nepal. After returning, I spoke to experts about the potential for such a material, Elements like this have been in place for some time, but the distribution method was novel. I made a large number of scale models, as well as a functional version with a local potter in my area. This model traveled with me to Chicago in 2017 as part of a international award that I received as a result.

This project has underwent multiple iterations, and will continue to do so as the project evolves. The end goal is to create a comprehensive solution that's grounded in reality.
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