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Designing In Water
PART 02 of 03
Design and Value: Between Communities, Science and Innovation

March 24, 2023 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Higgins Hall Auditorium, Pratt Institute (61 St. James Place, Brooklyn, NY)

Condensations – Designing in Water
Exploring the value of design in issues of water safety, access, quality, and delivery in urban areas

Friday, March 24th
Three consecutive panel discussions, 1 to 6 PM
Higgins Hall Auditorium (61 St. James Place)
Pratt Institute’s Brooklyn Campus
Free and open to the public, please register here

As water levels rise and storms become more intense and frequent  around many of our world’s growing cities, the threats to our homes, roads, energy systems, water quality – virtually every aspect of our built environment – are also rising exponentially. We need to focus interdisciplinary design-based research, economic means and policy on climate adaptation. 

Please join Pratt Institute, along with Rebuild by Design and Water as Leverage, for three consecutive panel discussions focused on design strategies and solutions for these urgent water-focused concerns on a local and global level, and how we can and must move from mitigation to adaptation.  This panel series is a Side Event to the United Nations Official Water Conference. The panels will include brief presentations from a panel of experts, as well as offer opportunities for audience participation. The day will end with a closing reception.

Participants and Rundown

  • Arrival/Check In 
  • 12:30pm
  • Opening Remarks
  • 1:00pm
  • Allison Druin Vice Provost for Research and Strategic Partnerships, Pratt Institute
  • Quilian Riano Interim Dean, Pratt School of Architecture
  • Designing Water With Communities 
  • 1:05pm-2:35pm
    • Leonel Lima Ponce – Moderator
    • Ron Shiffman
    • Kochakorn Voraakhom 
    • Zehra Kuz + Elliott Maltby 
    • Andrea Parker
  • Break
  • Designing Water With Science 
  • 2:45pm-4:15pm
    • Edgar Westerhof – Moderator
    • Stephanie Janssen
    • Romain Recouvreur
    • Tanya McCoy Caretti
    • Inaki Alday
    • Rosetta S. Elkin
    • Pablo Allard Serrano
  • Break
  • Designing Water Innovations
  • 4:30pm-6:00pm 
    • Eva Castro – Moderator
    • Matthijs Bouw
    • Priyamwada Singh
    • Kai Uwe Bergman
    • David Erdman + Eva Castro
    • Marion Weiss
  • Closing Remarks
    • Heather Polinsky – Resilience Global President,  Arcadis
  • Reception
  • 6:00pm-7:00pm
    • Includes pop-up exhibition of student work from participating institutions 

Partners and Sponsors

Host: Pratt Institute 
Co-Hosts: Rebuild by Design + Water as Leverage
Academic Partners: University of Pennsylvania, Harvard University, Anant National University, Singapore University of Technology and Design, Universidad Del Desarrollo, Pace University.
Industry Partners: Arcadis, Egis, Inhabit, IDC 
Sponsors: Arcadis, Inhabit, Egis, BIG, The McHarg Center (U Penn), Center for Climate Adaptation (Pratt Institute), IDC
Sponsors: Arcadis, Inhabit, Egis, BIG, The McHarg Center (U Penn), Center for Climate Adaptation (Pratt Institute),