Author(s): Sarah Dunn
As populations steadily increase in cities, the world's natural resources are consumed at ever-faster rates. The majority of the world s populations live in countries where clean water supplies are dwindling, and these water shortages are also quickly translating into food shortages. What can designers do to avert looming water-related realities? UrbanLab: Bowling views potential water crises as opportunities to speculate on future urban design possibilities, especially in cities. Several projects are presented that take an ecological approach to re-thinking received urban design methodologies of addressing the design of water-related infrastructures in existing and new cities.
Sarah Dunn and Martin Felsen are co-founders of UrbanLab, a collaborative office practicing architecture and urban design. UrbanLab's primary interest is in forward-looking projects that speculate on a more resilient and resourceful tomorrow. Projects span from large urban proposals to small residential projects. Martin Felsen, AIA, is a registered architect in Illinois and New York. He was educated at Virginia Tech (B.Arch, 1991), and Columbia University (MS-AAD, 1994). Felsen is an Assistant Professor in the School of Architecture in the Illinois Institute of Technology's College of Architecture. Sarah Dunn was educated at Columbia University (M.Arch, 1994). Dunn is an Associate Professor in the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago.