The SunWater Project: Advanced Solar Technology for Poor Farmers
Paul Polak on SunWater: a radically affordable solar water pump that will transform small plot agriculture and help bring the world's poorest families out of poverty.
Transforming Solar Pumping to Eliminate Rural Poverty
Paul Polak explores how we might reduce water shortages by employing solar pumping and eliminating rural poverty.
Venice: from Gated Lagoon to Bioregion
A review of the options that Venice faces in trying to shore up the city.
How To Manage a Constellation
To solve complex and interconnected human-environment challenges, like the death of the Baltic Sea, we need to build ‘social-ecological coalitions’ or ‘constellations’.
Fixing South Street Seaport: Is New Architecture Enough?
Fighting over Ben Thompson's postmodernist landmark Pier 17 at South Street Seaport. Should it stay or should it go?
Architecture Research Office
Interview with Stephen Cassell and Adam Yarinsky on the occasion of their National Design Award
Don't Flush Me
Prototype for urban system to detect and prevent sewage overflows
The Dissing of Summer Lawns
How one Californian was forced (and inspired) to exchange sod for low-water plants.
Epiphany of an Ocean Swimmer
Essay on in the insights that come with immersion in the deep, cold sea.
Strategies and resources for water conservation.
Google Maps, Give Us Our River Names
No map in history has made us feel more powerful or more present. But there's a little thing missing: the Mississippi River.
GlobalTap water station update.
Acumen Sexy Sanitation Challenge
Acumen Fund announces winners of its "Sexy Sanitation" challenge.
The first collaboration between Designmatters at Art Center College of Design and Chile’s Un Techo para mi País creates fresh ideas for water usage in a Santiago slum.
Ripple Effect Update
Update on the Ripple Effect initiative launched by IDEO, Gates Foundation and Acumen Fund to distribute fresh water in the developing world. Originally published July 30, 2009.
Report on prototype for GlobalTap water refilling stations.
Report on Peepoobag, a new self-sanitizing, single-use, biodegradable container for human waste.
IDEO launched Ripple Effect in India to help communities with the arduous process of transporting water.