Fab-Culture Perma-Lab Water System 2018

The aim of this 10% project for you, my peach, to invent and resolve to design a proto-typable, Permaculture orientated product, to inspire, innovation and attract users to Fab Labs and Permaculture, as well as show the potential of these two initiatives. This empowers prospective communities to recreate your invention, which in the process of making, cultivates learning, the transfer of knowledge, skill sharing and innovation. Your design solution will also illustrate how Permaculture can improve communities and inform design and new designers.

This year Fab Lab, Permaculture and the Living Room are working together like ctrl C & ctrl V. The Living is a space to inspire and is all about promoting a unique urban eco-system. Greenside Design Center, Fab Lab, Permaculture, The Living Room and their sister project Temple Botanica will be working together to create a new sustainable environment for communities, business initiatives and designers

Temple Botanica is a location right outside Jo’burg city and is a paradise for plants to thrive with their iconic geo-dome as well as spacious, cascading back yard. Temple Botanica aims to grow and care for plants in the most sustainable ways as possible along with keeping their restaurant, The Living Room running, with décor coming from Temple B as well as providing an Airbnb on Temple Botanica.


Problem Statement: Hospitality industry needs a product to allow water flow within their properties boundary to be converted into electricity to be used within their grid. This will reduce water-waste, improve self-sustainability and benefit the environment overall.


In order to overcome our problem we came up with our primary objectives that needed completion;

  • Need recognised: self-efficiency without affecting the environment
  • Initial concept: a large scale water catchment system to pump into a large turbine
  • Further evaluation: a smaller system that can be installed as many times as possible, in existing structure


We created Aquatech a small scale water turbine

  • This turbine would use PVC plastic for the body of it, and copper wire around electromagnets for the generation of electricity. Due to the lifespan of these materials as well as the safety of utilizing them within a water system.