EXTREME CITIES: ON WATER CONTAMINATION AND URBAN ADAPTATION WITH ASHLEY DAWSON.

Our second Water Futures event on May 30 for “Harvesting the Sky” examined the future of cities and their role in mitigating climate change. With a focus on urban drinking water, Professor Ashley Dawson covered everything from water contamination as a consequence of fracking to the privatization of infrastructure and asked: how does rapid globalization affect our drinking water, and how can cities adapt and provide a model for doing so?

ABOUT ASHLEY

Ashley Dawson is the Barron Visiting Professor in the Environment and the Humanities at the Princeton Environmental Institute, on leave from his permanent position as Professor of English at the Graduate Center/CUNY and the College of Staten Island. He is the author of two recent books on topics relating to the environmental humanities, Extreme Cities: The Peril and Promise of Urban Life in the Age of Climate Change (Verso, 2017), and Extinction: A Radical History (O/R, 2016), as well as six previous books on global social justice movements and anti-imperialism.

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.