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Urban Innovations Water Infrastructure at Habitat III Side Event in Indonesia
July 26th, 2016 by Wendy

S. Bry Sarté will be presenting at 2016 Preparatory Commission 3 United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development on July 27th in Surabaya, Indonesia. He will be co-presenting at the Habitat III Side Event on Urban Innovations Water Infrastructure introducing the new publication for “Water Infrastructure: Equitable Deployment of Resilient Systems”


How do cities need to respond to the risks related to the intersection of water resources, climate vulnerability and rapid urbanization? Urban design innovations serve as a form of connective infrastructure, bridging segregated disciplinary thought to meet the complex challenges posed by urbanization.

Useful to urban planners, agencies, NGOs, and others concerned with creating a healthier and more inclusive urban environment, the panel will examine how physical infrastructure itself is becoming multiform and multi purpose, serving engineering, social, spatial, environmental and health benefits simultaneous. The panel will also present a toolkit to enable change on a broader, global scale, and address water and urban design with clarity and purpose.

Infrastructure is that critical component of urban design and planning that needs to be addressed to enable healthy and inclusive urban growth. This Side Event aims to contribute concrete recommendations related to resilient urban infrastructure with a particular focus on water, including sanitation, and its crossover with public space as a highly performative system. These innovative and decentralized systems target formal and informal settlements in the developed and developing world alike.

This officially recognized Side Event is closely related to the launch of our new book ‘Urban Innovations: Water Infrastructure’ just published by Columbia
University. The publication is focusing on equitable deployment of resilient systems through the prism of: technology, ecology, finance and equity.


Thomas G. Dallessio AICP, PP, FRSA
President, CEO + Publisher Next City

Next City
Provides daily online coverage of the leaders, policies and innovations driving progress in metropolitan regions across the world. In an age when original,
onthe-ground reporting is increasingly rare, they send their reporters into urban communities around the world to produce the award-winning longform content.

Mrs. Eugenie L. Birch, FAICP
Nussdorf Professor of Urban Research
Department of City and Regional Planning
Chair, Graduate Group in City and Regional Planning
co-Director, Penn Institute for Urban Research

University of Pennsylvania, Penn Institute for Urban Research is dedicated to advancing cross-disciplinary urban-focused research, instruction, and civic engagement on issues relevant to cities around the world. As the global population becomes increasingly urban, understanding cities is vital to informed decision-making and public policy at the local, national, and international levels.

Mr. S. Bry Sarté, PE, LEED AP,
Founder & Executive Director of Sherwood Institute of San Francisco
Founder of Sherwood Design Engineers, sustainable infrastructure design
Adjunct Associate Professor, Urban Design Program, Columbia University

Sherwood Institute advances urban and ecological change by promoting transformative technologies, creating supportive implementation frameworks, and
providing resources for local champions. The institute works closely with municipal governments and infrastructure partners to foster next generation thinking toward sustainable and resilient urban design.

Ms. Morana M. Stipisic, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Urban Design Program, Columbia University

Columbia University, GSAPP, Urban Design is focused on the city as an agent of resilient change and on the role of design in redefining the 21st century urban landscape. The program advances new paradigms of research, practice and pedagogy to meet the urgent challenges of rapid urbanization, as well as the increasing threats of climate change and social inequality. Students and faculty in the Program aim to integrate the essential links between public space, social justice, and ecological systems.