Rising Tide: video interview for Montclair tv

Rising Tide: video interview for Montclair tv

‘So what can we do to protect our city from climate change?’ Every city in the world is asking itself that question, including Montclair, New Jersey, just across the river from New York. New Jersey and New York were hard hit by Hurricane Sandy. And that was the question that Gray Russell, sustainability officer of Montclair, put to me in our interview for a special edition of the local cable tv show ‘Greater Montclair’. I was in town to give two lectures in the month-long program Rising Tide at Montclair University. Read the article…

Water in the city – TEDx Zwolle

Water in the city – TEDx Zwolle

During TEDx Zwolle I gave a lecture about water in the city around the world. The sea and the rivers have shaped the identity and the country itself. Climate change increases the risk of flooding and drought. The effects of a disaster in a densely populated country like The Netherlands are incalculable. Climate change is now forcing itself upon us: a new reality that cannot be ignored. Read the article…

Social design with water makes the world a better place

Social design with water makes the world a better place

A film, an app, an artwork, a Twitter-campaign, a product: those are just a few examples of social design with water. They can get an issue on the agenda, create a community and launch new products. For the book by Anne van der Zwaag on social design, Looks Good Feels Good Is Good, I wrote the chapter on the theme of water. The world is ready for designers who, rather than adding yet another chair to what is already there, prefer to devote their time and creativity to solving the world’s problems.

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