Civic Hydrants

Civic Hydrants is:

An ongoing research and design project by Studio Trimtab.

The project is aimed at developing more innovative ways to utilize existing and new water infrastructure to improve the safety and quality of the urban environment.


Look carefully into the history and design of fire hydrants, and interesting patterns of information begin to emerge that point us towards patterns of opportunity in the urban environment.


The humble fire hydrant can be modified to provide joy and access to clean water throughout the city.

These modifications can be used to give the public more pocket parks, access to drinking water, and understanding of their local water systems.


Modifications to fire hydrants can be incorporated into overall street design standards to improve emergency access, calm traffic, and improve the safety of the urban environment.