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hanno coetsee

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klein retvlei wastewater treatment facility: biomimetically inspired wastewater system to integrate natural, built and social environments

Architects play a big part in this rapidly urbanizing world. Our profession has a profound impact on the built environment. We can use this to ensure we develop alongside nature, integrate the natural world, and inspire our built environment.

However, developments are made to the detriment of our natural landscapes, and rapid urbanization strains certain conservation zones. Conservation zones, especially wetlands all around Cape Town, are under strain due to high levels of pollution, especially e.coli levels. This is due to wastewater facilities not being able to keep up to demand. It is time for us to respect and cherish these natural zones within our cities and to utilize their potential. We need to re-think our wastewater systems and how infrastructure, in general, is treated in the city.

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