Water

Blog post
August 26, 2011, 10pm PDT

Much of the inefficiency surrounding our use and misuse of water derive from entrenched habits formed during previous eras of presumed inexhaustibility of water supplies.  Our wastewater treatment approach has traditionally relied on an infrastructure of centralized municipal water plants where tertiary effluent is recycled.  These plants consume considerable energy and cost to restore all of the water they process.  

Rick Abelson
July 29, 2011, 12pm PDT
In Kern County, Calif., trendy fruits like pomegranate are at the center of a number of contentious lawsuits over water resource management.
The New York Times
July 20, 2011, 5am PDT
From Florida to Arizona, 14 states are in the midst of a major drought. The effects have been far-reaching and devastating to both the environment and economy.
The New York Times
June 28, 2011, 2pm PDT
By focusing on reducing water use to levels that could be served by its two water sources, the city of El Paso, Texas, has been able to quench its thirst without running dry.
Guardian
June 18, 2011, 11am PDT
This <em>Kickstarter</em> campaign is hoping to raise money to build a floating pool in the waters around New York City that use and filter river water to provide a public swimming facility.
Kickstarter
June 10, 2011, 8am PDT
A local firm is leading an effort in New Orleans to manage the city's water more like the Dutch.
Architectural Record
May 25, 2011, 8am PDT
The 2012 Olympics are hoped to create a big economic boost for host city London. The event's long-term impacts on the environment, though, are still hard for organizers to predict.
The Guardian
May 25, 2011, 7am PDT
By analyzing maps and topographical information, this post from <em>Data Pointed</em> shows how the Mississippi River is likely to change course and head towards lower ground.
Data Pointed
May 18, 2011, 8am PDT
Projections of water shortages and predicted changes in the climate mean bad news for water users in the American West.
Miller-McCune
May 14, 2011, 1pm PDT
An increasing amount of architecture projects in the U.S. are taking regional concerns like water and energy production into consideration.
Architect
May 12, 2011, 12pm PDT
25 years after the publication of Cadillac Desert, scientists have scrutinized the predictions of the hallmark history of water in the Western U.S. and find that its dire warnings are not far off.
Miller-McCune
May 10, 2011, 9am PDT
Philadelphia's water department has opened its first street made of porous pavement, which will help city streets safer by absorbing rain water.
philly.com
April 28, 2011, 7am PDT
Buildings in Seattle, including a school, are trying to remove themselves from the urban water grid. More could soon follow.
The Seattle Times
April 25, 2011, 6am PDT
It's at Albuquerque's edge, it's the size of Manhattan, and it's happening, despite drought, recession and tightening state budgets. An annotation of Mesa del Sol's master plan explains how and why.
High Country News
April 24, 2011, 5am PDT
A new report on sidewalks and climate change in Seattle prompts a call to urban planners and municipal officials to take greater care in installing sidewalks in neighborhoods.
Crosscut
April 22, 2011, 9am PDT
As water resources become increasingly important in the American West, new tactics for sharing among farmers, environmentalists and urban officials are showing how arid areas can withstand shortages.
High Country News
April 22, 2011, 5am PDT
In a world heavily composed of and reliant on water, how we treat our oceans should be a major aspect of the way we think about planning and living on this planet, according to Timothy Beatley.
Places
April 8, 2011, 9am PDT
Climate change is expected to create major shifts in the amount of water and rainfall in cities in the near future. A recent symposium in Philadelphia on urban water delved into this emerging problem.
The Philadelphia Inquirer
April 3, 2011, 5am PDT
Water shortages are on the rise, and effective management of this dwindling resource is becoming increasingly important to cities. How architects and planners visualize water in the landscape plays a big role in how it is understood and managed.
Places
April 2, 2011, 7am PDT
As population growth and climate change set in, cities in developing countries will face major shortages of freshwater. A new report looks at how those cities could be affected and what preventive steps they should start taking.
Grist