Case Study: The Great Lakes

The Five Thousand Pound Life: Water, Case Studies (Part 2)

February 7, 2015

The Great Lakes session brought together five experts to discuss and debate the problems and solutions facing North America’s primary source of fresh water.

Maria Arquero de Alarcón and Jen Maigret are partners in MAde-studio, a research-based design practice that uses data, geographic analysis, and visualization techniques to make vivid the complexity of the constructed environment and its effect on water resources. Both teach at the Taubman College of Architecture at the University of Michigan.

Ila Berman is principal of Scaleshift design and the O’Donovan Director of the University of Waterloo School of Architecture.

Henry Henderson is Midwest Director of the Natural Resources Defense Council, where he leads NRDC’s work to advance clean energy, protect the Great Lakes and clean water resources, build sustainable communities, and safeguard our natural resources in eight Midwestern states.

Peter Mulvaney leads the sustainable water resource strategies in the Chicago office of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM), where he designs solutions for a healthy and sustainable world. He is a contributing author to the SOM project The Great Lakes Century, a 100 Year Vision.

The Five Thousand Pound Life: Water, a symposium on issues of water supply in the context of climate change, examined case studies on Los Angeles, the Great Lakes region, and New York City. The event was organized by The Architectural League and The Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design in February 2015.