tom WISCOMBE: freshwater plaza is a spatialization of an innovative, low-tech water desalinization process, and part of the larger sustainability initiative of abu dhabi. the goal is to reveal new technologies but not for the sake of the image of technology. the project is instead focused on generating technological ambience. the divisions between technology and culture– and building technology and architecture– begin to dissolve into a hybrid spatial sensibility. fluid flows, structural patterning, ornament, and lighting all combine into a coherent whole, generating an unexpectedly vivid and lively atmosphere. the space will generate public consciousness of the looming water crisis as well as offer a glimpse of how biological, integrative thinking may offer productive solutions to this global problem.