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.

Photo: Bry Sarté

Photo: Bry Sarté

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. 

 


Innovations Forums

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.   


2014 Events

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. 

Photo: Angela Eaton Cinda Gilliland of SWA led innovations discussions on Qinhuangdao, China. Forum participants also considered resilience strategies for New Orleans, USA; San Juan, Puerto Rico; New York USA; Silicon Valley, USA and Bangalore, India.

Photo: Angela Eaton

Cinda Gilliland of SWA led innovations discussions on Qinhuangdao, China. Forum participants also considered resilience strategies for New Orleans, USA; San Juan, Puerto Rico; New York USA; Silicon Valley, USA and Bangalore, India.

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. 

Photo: Angela Eaton Sherwood Institute Founder Bry Sarté and Josiah Cain of Sherwood Design Engineers take in the days' events after the Innovations in Urban Infrastructure Forum, 2014  

Photo: Angela Eaton

Sherwood Institute Founder Bry Sarté and Josiah Cain of Sherwood Design Engineers take in the days' events after the Innovations in Urban Infrastructure Forum, 2014

 

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. 


Verge

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