Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/222934
Title: EXPLOITING THE COMPOSITION OF WATER FEATURES IN ECO-RESORTS : AN EXPLORATIVE STUDY ON THE POTENTIAL OF AN INTERACTIVE WATER TREATMENT SYSTEM IN SANYA, HAINAN
Authors: YU XIAOXUAN
Keywords: Architecture
Design Technology and Sustainability
Florian Benjamin Schaetz
2011/2012 DTS
Issue Date: 31-Jan-2012
Citation: YU XIAOXUAN (2012-01-31). EXPLOITING THE COMPOSITION OF WATER FEATURES IN ECO-RESORTS : AN EXPLORATIVE STUDY ON THE POTENTIAL OF AN INTERACTIVE WATER TREATMENT SYSTEM IN SANYA, HAINAN. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The main engine of growth in Hainan, Sanya, is tourism. Over the years, there have been an increasing number of tourists travelling to this southern part of China, creating continuous growth for Sanya. Being tourism oriented, it requires huge volume of water every day. Water is not only used for drinking and bathing, it is also used in many water features of the hotel industry. It creates aesthetical value to the hotels and enhances the overall image of it. However, with the on-going developments in Sanya, it continues to attract more tourists, increasing the demand for water. With water demand predicted to outpace supply, it is imperative that the resorts and hotels have to play a part to conserve water. With increasing affluence of tourists visiting Sanya, hotels and resorts have placed a greater emphasis on promoting themselves as being luxurious, superior and providing high-grade services. In any hotels or resorts, profit making is the utmost priority, hence to attract customers who yearn for quality services and gratifying experiences, many hotels and resorts overlook the importance of conservation of water and choose to go according to public preferences and needs. It is hard to strike a balance between both of them, and more often than not, the former tends to be neglected. In recent years, the call for sustainability to protect the environment has increased, particularly in the resorts industry, where huge amounts of resources are used to maintain them. Luxury resorts have started to focus on promoting itself being nature oriented, by enhancing their waterscapes as one of the main elements to promote itself being nature friendly. However, the water features have been designed to illustrate a false impression of nature. The artificially created natural environment is often imposed, lacking the real essence of nature. Instead of being approachable, it unintentionally creates a boundary, distant itself from people, making it a purely aesthetic element which defeats the actual purpose of the waterscapes. The attempt to create a natural waterscape should be an integrated design, combining form, function and environmental considerations. This dissertation attempts to integrate the conservation of water and incorporate the needs of tourists. Research and analysis will be carried out to find out the suitability of the different stages of water purification process in integrating with the needs of customers. This dissertation also investigates the possibility of incorporating sewage treatment as part of exposed water feature, without compromising on its aesthetical value, which helps to reduce the total water and energy consumption. Water features play an important role in resorts. It creates aesthetical value to the resorts and provides a soothing effect for tourists, allowing them to feel calm and relax thus enhancing the overall staying experience. Water features also enhances the resorts' image, thus attracting more tourists to stay in the resorts. Furthermore, in a tropical island like Sanya, the water features also provide a cooling effect for the tourists, enabling them to enjoy the staying experience without being affected by the heat. As a major resource output and aesthetic element, new strategies and technologies can be incorporated to achieve the integrated new waterscape. The solution that is proposed will serve to reduce the overall water consumption in hotels and resorts, together with increasing awareness for water conservation among tourists. With this, it creates a much more interactive water feature to enhance the overall staying experience, meeting the needs of tourists too.
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/222934
Appears in Collections:Master's Theses (Restricted)

Show full item record
Files in This Item:
File Description SizeFormatAccess SettingsVersion 
Yu Xiaoxuan 2011-2012.pdf3.74 MBAdobe PDF

RESTRICTED

NoneLog In

Page view(s)

1
checked on Sep 22, 2022

Download(s)

1
checked on Sep 22, 2022

Google ScholarTM

Check


Items in DSpace are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.