Daylight Investigations

River of Light


Jiaxian Yao, Ke Xu


Haiao Zhang


Shanghai Jiao Tong University


China - Mainland

River of Light

Project Description

Karez, from Turpan in China, as a unique and great water conservancy project, has a history of thousands of years. Even today, the Karez is still an important part of the local irrigation and domestic water system. At the same time, the underground space of Karez which is more close to the village is also the public area where people do their laundry, gather around to hold some entertainment activities in daily life. However, due to the over-exploitation of groundwater resources, the underground water level has fallen. What's more, the number of Karez, also the number of underground rivers is decreasing at a rate of 30 per year. The core idea of