This post is authored by Prentiss Darden, from SDE’s Innovation Lab, who participated in the SI Forum and is currently collaborating on the upcoming Sherwood Institute publication, “Innovations in Urban Water Infrastructure.”
This past September, Sherwood Institute hosted a two day workshop in New York City to generate ideas about innovations in urban water infrastructure and how to implement them. We were joined by a group of 60 engineers, landscape architects, architects, planners, ecologists, policy makers, and development workers, including representatives from the UN, Columbia University’s Urban Design Lab and Earth Institute, Grimshaw, Gensler, Mia Lehrer and Associates, Sasaki Associates, and dland studio. Participants came from the east, west, and gulf coasts, bringing a variety of experience and perspectives to apply in developing innovations and implementation strategies to a variety of sites chosen for their varying conditions relative to climate, population density, and infrastructure condition. The workshop was conducted as a design charrette, with groups working on solutions for sites located in Manhattan, Silicon Valley, New Orleans, San Juan (Puerto Rico), Qinhuangdao (China), and Bangalore (India), addressing innovations and implementations as they applied from bio-regional to district scales.
Forum participants discussing innovations in water infrastructure for the city of New Orleans. Pictured: Jason Hellendrung, James Lima, David Burke, Jeff Carney, and Elisa Petkova. Photo Credit: Angela Eaton / Sherwood Institute
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