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Water Futures Catalog Launches

A/D/O research program Water Futures concludes with a publication that brings together the results of the yearlong exploration into how design can help solve the global water crisis.

Packed with exclusive interviews, in-depth analysis, and innovative projects, the catalog forms a culmination of Water Futures, the 2018-19 program at A/D/O by MINI curated by Jane Withers. The book is self-published by A/D/O, edited by Sheetal Shah, and designed by Ari Joseph and Noelle Roth.

Beginning with a foreword by MoMA design curator Paola Antonelli, the catalog is divided into sections that follow a similar outline to the research program. The first covers the opening symposium, during which speakers like Columbia University Water Center director Upmamu Lall, designers Studio Swine, Mary Miss of City as a Living Laboratory, Paul Gallay of River Keeper, Emma Riley of Lonely Whale, and others gave presentations of their work relating to the topic.

The book’s following sections focus on the different areas covered by the program: Harvesting the Sky; Reimagining Urban Water; Pollution and Purification; and Drink Local. Each chapter highlights impactful projects – both conceptual and realized – that tackle a specific issue relating to design and water.

They include Arturo Vittori’s Warka Water Tower, which allows communities in Ethiopia to capture water via condensation; New Public Hydrant by Tei Carpenter and Chris Woebken, which turns fire hydrants into drinking fountains and showers; and New Water Tower by Studio Swine, which reimagines the iconic water tower as public art.

Excerpts from articles that first appeared on The A/D/O Journal include interviews with Design Indaba founder Ravi Naidoo, and landscape architecture firm SCAPE founder Kate Orff. An essay by Ashley Dawson, first published by The Washington Post, delves into the water emergency faced by Cape Town in 2017. Solutions proposed for water-related issues in cities like Rio de Janeiro, Chennai, London and New York City are also outlined.

The sixth and last section of the catalog features the finalists of the A/D/O Water Futures Design Challenge, and spotlights the winning projects in more depth. Announced as both the jury and the audience award winner, Indus by BIO-ID, has gone on to be published by a variety of design media and was exhibited during the 2019 London Design Festival. The other two jury winners included Waters, a series of glass objects by Clara Schweers, and The Water Runs Through Us, a system that transforms water from New York’s East River into a bathing ritual by Katherine Ball.

The Water Futures catalog launches at this year’s Design Miami event, with a panel discussion focused on how designers can creatively respond to the global water crisis. Free to Design Miami passholders, the talk takes place 5-6pm on December 5, 2019. Panelists Jane Withers, Alex Groves of Studio Swine, and Arup’s Vincent Lee will join moderator and A/D/O editorial director Dan Howarth in conversation.

Copies of the Water Futures catalog will be available to purchase at the Design Miami bookstore, and a signing will take place immediately after the panel. For those unable to attend, the catalog can also be bought online.

Text by Dan Howarth.

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