Indian stepwells

Despite its chronically precarious water situation San Diego doesn’t collect storm runoff. That crossed my mind today during a brief sprinkle. There wouldn’t have been runoff today but during our rainy season there definitely would be. That reminded me of an article I read a while back on Archdaily.com about India’s stepwells, buildings built into the ground and used to catch water.

Stepwells have been in use for fifteen centuries or more. Follow this link for photos of more Escheresque step wells. Lastly, architect Manit Rastogi uses a cooling aspect of evaporating water to help cool a new building in Rajasthan.