Redrawing Our Urban Waters
Adell Amos, Clayton R. Hess Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, University of Oregon
Brook Muller, Professor of Architecture and Director of the UO Portland Architecture Program, University of Oregon
As a starting point: we traced the journey of water through a city – from the sky and headwaters of the watershed through buildings and urban landscapes and ultimately back to the tributaries, streams and rivers of the region. This working group considered the many contentious issues surrounding this journey as they play out in a context of climate change and the ongoing urbanization of watersheds. Using a proactive and integrated approach that engages experts in law, economics, architecture, urban design, engineering, the humanities and other domains of inquiry, the group investigated ways of reworking this journey. We explored opportunities for reconciling competing demands, changing the use and re-use of water, and better valuing increasingly limited resources.
The efforts of this working group built from a conviction that more detailed consideration of urban hydrological flows offers an effective means to think more expansively about mutually beneficial relationships between cities and surrounding landscapes, where for example we attend with more care to downstream effects.