Photo: Angela Eaton
Shift: Urban Water + Sustainable Infrastructure = Social Equity
At Sherwood Institute we're about a shift in thinking
The numbers aren't great. By 2030, global infrastructure demand will require a $57 trillion investment to keep our increasingly connected economies running. (McKinsey Global Institute, 2013). The numbers are why we're here.
Our model creates opportunities for urban water and ecological change. We integrate transformative technologies with existing natural and human-constructed infrastructures.
Our supportive infrastructure investments secure long-term sustainable protection, yet are flexible and scalable to balance with rapidly growing consumption habits.
Our distributed designs improve the city's existing water infrastructure's efficiency and capacity and are invest communities with shared ownership.
We support economic growth with project outcomes that are socially equitable and enforce the universal right to clean water.
Sherwood Institute projects are collaboratively led and community driven. We are a highly interdisciplinary group of civil engineers, city planners, architects, urban designers and researchers.
UN Habitat iii
In 2015 we're participating in the Civil Society Working Group and the Urban Thinkers Campus UN Habitat III initiatives to apply Sustainable Infrastructure thinking to housing and youth concerns. Our goal: to assist the UN in including infrastructure resilience as a key component of the Habitat III housing and infrastructure 20 year agenda which will be set in 2016 in Quito, Ecuador.
For the next two years we'll continue to work with Habitat III organizations to develop water and sanitation processes that support the Universal Right to Clean Water for vulnerable populations. The Institute is currently producing a Sustainable Infrastructure Toolkit that will be freely distributed to the 193 member nations as part of the next major meeting in Nairobi in 2015.
Our annual forums cover clean water, renewable energy, climate change, poverty alleviation and, of course, Sustainable Infrastructure. The events are meant to explore the opportunities for driving change and how to harness them. Our next Innovations in Urban Infrastructure Forum will occur in San Francisco in the September, 2015.
Innovations in Urban Infrastructure forum
September 2014, New York, New York, USA
Over 60 experts in engineering, urban design, technology, business, government and community change met for 2 days at our partners, Grimshaw Architects, in New York to consider what innovations and technologies are necessary to ensure resilient and equitable urban infrastructure in the 21st Century.
In 2 days we generated, debated and refined over 800 recommendations for Innovations in Urban Infrastructure. More than 70 ideas were presented in preliminary findings to members of the United Nations Habitat III preparatory committees in a special event. Our community is still developing the best of these recommendations to be published in a roadmap booklet that can be adapted in cities in developing nations and wealthy nations alike.
We received feedback from 28 community groups and governmental organizations that we have since incorporated into a white paper in publication with Columbia University's Urban Design Lab.
HABITAT III PREP COM 1 SIDE EVENT
September 2014, New York, New York USA
Hot-off-the presses recommendations from the Innovations in Urban Infrastructure Forum were presented at the United Nations' Habitat III Prep Com 1 during an afternoon event.
October 2014, San Francisco, California USA
During a 2 ½ hour workshop, hosted by Sherwood Institute and Columbia University’s Urban Design Lab, Verge SF participants debated and promoted Sustainable Infrastructure ideas that are Best for Deployment in the Developing World; Best to Advance Through Prototyping in Developed World; represent the Clearest Path to Deployment and Most Out-Of-The-Box Concept.
With Algae Systems, Common Current for Autodesk, dlandstudio, EHDD, Fall Creek Engineering, Gensler, Integral Group, Sherwood Design Engineers, Sherwood Institute and the Urban Design Lab