Brian Davis (Landscape Architecture)

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Brian Davis (Landscape Architecture)

Project Title: 
Urban Watersheds and Rivers in Latin America
Project Abstract: 
The cleanup and management of urban rivers stands as one of the great tasks currently facing societies around the globe. There are two major obstacles that consistently derail these efforts: urban rivers are rarely managed at the scale of the watershed, and the responsible entities rarely have their own capital funds. In this context, the Projeto Tiete of the SaebSP public company in Sao Paulo, Brazil and the ACUMAR agency in Buenos Aires, Argentina offer two variations of important and ongoing efforts of integrated management and design of an urban river system with capital funds to enact best practices at the scale of the watershed. This grant will support meetings with leading experts and local citizens as well as the collection of high quality source materials, identification of new funding sources, direct beneficiaries and additional sites for visitation. These materials will provide the basis for future research and will be integrated into design and research classes in the Department of Landscape Architecture. Lessons learned from these initiatives might not only offer insights into similar efforts in the United States, such the EPA Superfund Projects on the Newtown Creek and Gowanus Canal in New York City, but may also strengthen international relations and encourage knowledge creation among the professionals on the front lines at the intersection of climate change and environmental justice.