Living with Water: Designing for Wetter Weather and Cleaner Rivers

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Lectures Chicago, IL, USA July 26, 2018

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Water is key to a thriving Chicago. Join us for a panel discussion to hear diverse perspectives on how good design can help us better co-exist with water in the future.

Aging stormwater infrastructure, expanding paved surfaces and more frequent and intense rainfall are challenges we face in our quest to harmonize the built and natural environments throughout Chicago. Managed poorly, water overwhelms existing sewers, floods homes and contaminates our waterways. Managed well, water supports ecosystems in a vibrant urban landscape. It takes actions and investments, small and large, to prepare us for wet-weather events, improve water quality in our rivers and lake and build resilient communities.

How are we designing places and ecosystems to ensure a future in which water is an asset to Chicago? Moderated by Metropolitan Planning Council Vice President Josh Ellis, this dialogue will feature Metropolitan Water Reclamation District commissioner Josina Morita, Chicago Department of Planning and Development’s Michael Berkshire and two landscape architects: Ernie Wong from site design group, ltd. and Kelly Murphy from Hoerr Schaudt. This program is jointly hosted by CAF and the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) and coincides with MPC’s River Edge Ideas Lab exhibit.

Chicago Architecture Foundation (CAF)
Lecture Hall @ CAF, 224 S. Michigan Ave.

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