Forum 2016 - Infrastructure Space - Detroit (Ruby Press)

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The 2015 WEF report, presented in Davos in January 2016, put the impact of water crises as the number-one global risk facing humanity over the next decade. Water is global connec- tor: Two billion people will be devastat- ed by 2050 1 —four billion in 2080 2 —if we continue with our current practices of water mismanagement on all scales, over-extraction and pollution. Of all the disasters that occur worldwide, 90 percent are water related. 3 Add- ed to this is the fact that 50 percent of the earth’s aquifers—nature’s own groundwater storage capacity—are now beyond the tipping point, meaning that a natural recovery has become impossible. Global urbanization may provide us with growth, prosperity, emancipation, and development op- portunities, but climate change, rising sea levels, and the increasing impact these risks carry puts huge pressure on our cities, societies, and citizens. If we don’t act, the economic, social, and environmental system this all hinges upon will collapse, leaving us as vic- tims of our own failure to seize a last window of opportunity. Water is at the heart of this uncer- tain future. It is through water that we feel the impact of climate change most forcefully. 4 Water is essential for our economy and our social and cultur- al well-being. Water quality defines our economic prosperity and, in turn, water provision determines the level of vulnerability for our societies: it is key for agriculture, food, and energy In 2012, Rebuild by Design was inaugurated as a new kind of design competition, aiming to combine pub- lic-private collaboration whilst setting a new standard for resilient devel- opment. Its developer, Henk Ovink, explains the approach behind the initiative, part of President Obama’s Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force, and identifies six key lessons that can be learnt from the project. Contemporary Context The annual Global Risks Percep- tion Survey released by the World Economic Forum (WEF) repeatedly proves the increase in frequency and impact of environmental risks such as climate change, water crises, bio- diversity loss, ecosystem collapse, extreme weather events, and natural and man-made catastrophes. At the same time, these risks demonstrate a clear and strong interdependency on the regional and metropolitan scale. While this larger scale may multiply these risks’ complexity and impact, this is also the scale at which we hu- Transformative Capacity of Resilience: Learning from Rebuild by Design Henk Ovink In 2012, Rebuild by Design was in ugurated as new kind of desig competition, aiming to combine public-private collaboration whilst setting a new standard for resilient development. Its developer, Henk Ovink, explains the approach behind the initiative, part of President Obama’s Hurricane Sand Rebuilding Task Force, and identifies six key lessons that can be learnt from the project.