Water Urbanism

Water Urbanism

The Urban Design Program at Columbia is investigating climate resilience at multiple scales and collaborating with partners in institutions around the world and within the University from science & engineering, journalism, conflict resolution, economics and social justice. Water is constantly in motion, changing states, crossing borders, nourishing (and destroying) life. How can water and urbanism be considered together as a generative frame for urban design practice, social life, and ecological … [more…]

Wichita’s new Pracht Wetlands Park is open to the public

photo: Pracht Wetlands Park in Wichita, Kansas - urban wetlands

Wichita’s newest public park is open and ready for visitors — sort of.

Pracht Wetlands Park, on 29th Street just east of Maize Road, had its official ribbon-cutting in late May, though the park is still technically a work in progress.

It hasn’t even been listed on the city’s Park and Recreation website yet, but that doesn’t mean you can’t check it out now.

The 91-acre park, which has been … [more…]

UN promotes nature-based solutions to growing water shortages

UN promotes nature-based solutions to tackle growing water shortages

Photo Credit: Kelly Fike/USFWS

The UN’s annual World Water Development Report 2018 has highlighted the need to use nature to combat the challenges of a growing population and climate change. In its detailed analysis, the report demonstrates that demand for water is increasing in developing countries, while simultaneously access is being put at risk by human development and climate change.

Deforestation, intense farming methods and urbanisation are putting these resources … [more…]

Why the world needs to get smarter about water consumption

Why the world needs to get smarter about water consumption

The watery oasis of Ubari in the deserts of Libya. Sfivat/Wikipedia (public domain)

In 1900, just 15% of the world’s population lived in cities. Now that proportion is over 50%, which is a lot of people. In fact, it means around 4 billion human beings rely on urban infrastructure to keep them warm, mobile and clean. Technology helps with this of course. Digital sensors, smart phones and smart home appliances