Resiliency IN A BOX

from 4/22-4/28

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Resiliency IN A BOX is a mural covered recycled shipping container housing equipment producing a renewable, sustainable source of potable water, soil enhancements and clean energy on a daily basis. Our project provides opportunities for STEM education and a canvas for public art; We will place it in the Community Healing Garden at Markham Middle School in Watts where to help increase food production, plus serve as an off-the-grid, vital resource for the entire neighborhood in a disaster.

A “WEDEW” (Wood-to-Energy Deployable Emergency Water) machine uses biomass (ex. wood, leaves, etc.) to produce water, energy, and biochar (a soil amendment). The WEDEW generates 300+ gallons of water a day while creating an additional 25kWh of clean, renewable energy for use.

The CHG urban farm at Markham Middle School serves 700 middle school students with STEM education. The garden will be enhanced by the biochar plus more water. The WEDEW can supply abundant water to provide each student and their families with several gallons of pure, potable water per person per day too.

Resiliency IN A BOX showcases several organizations aligning to increase their impact exponentially. We hope to grow soon at a school or park near you too!

Connect with project partners:
AltaSea: Jenny Krusoe, Robin Aube (assembly site, STEM community open house)
Beautify Earth: Evan Meyer and Ruben Rojas (murals)
Community Healing Garden: Nicole Landers (urban farm, student STEM ed)
Skysource: Laura Doss Hertz and David Hertz (WEDEW, Resiliency Lab)
Unycyn Civic Arts: Cynthia Hirschhorn ( – project management)

Thanks to our presentation team:
Title: Kate McCarty
Video: Alex Budman and Nicole Hirschhorn
Renderings: Willem Swart, David Hertz, Studio of Environmental Architecture
Website: Cynthia Hirschhorn and Jojo Valdez

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