On June 13, we concluded Water Futures Season 1 “Harvesting the Sky" with renowned artist and designer Mary Miss. Mary developed City as Living Lab (CALL), that brings together a network of artists, scientists, experts, and community teams in cities to address environmental degradation and climate change in urban communities through arts-based initiatives including large-scale projects and collaborative programs. 

Mary presented CALL's FRAMEWORK project, a road-map for diverse groups across the country to initiate collaborative, cross-disciplinary, artist-led projects which will lead to substantial gains in sustainability.

During this talk guests learned about the CALL FRAMEWORK in relation to two CALL projects: WaterMarks, an Atlas of Water for the City of Milwaukee and Broadway: 1000 Steps, CALL's ongoing initiative to collaboratively address issues of sustainability in New York City along the corridor of Broadway.

This talk was part 1 of 3 Water Futures talks with Mary Miss. Our Water Futures yearlong Research Program is made up of three seasons: Harvesting the Sky (April - June), Pollution and Purification (July - September), and Drink Local (October - December).


Mary Miss has reshaped the boundaries between sculpture, architecture, landscape design, and installation art by articulating a vision of the public sphere where it is possible for an artist to address the issues of our time.  She has developed the “City as Living Lab”, a framework for making issues of sustainability tangible through collaboration and the arts.

 Mary Miss has been redefining how art is integrated into the public realm since the early 1970s.  She is interested in how artists can play a more central role in addressing the complex issues of our times - making environmental and social sustainability into tangible experiences. Collaboration has been central to her work as she has developed projects as diverse as creating a temporary memorial around the perimeter of Ground Zero, marking the predicted flood level of Boulder, Colorado, revealing the history of the Union Square Subway station in New York City and in WaterMarks, her current project creating an atlas of water for the city of Milwaukee. Miss’s influential work has been recognized by numerous awards, including the Urban Land Institute's Global Award for Excellence and the 2017 Bedrock of New York City Award.


Water Futures is a yearlong research program by A/D/O - curated by Jane Withers - that asks the question, "can designers solve the global drinking water crisis?" Learn more about Water Futures here.