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Drylands Design


“Water scarcity is the history and the future of the American West. Re-thinking water use, particularly in the face of climate change, will be central to our region’s survival. Designers are poised to meet this challenge, particularly since the answers to this future crisis exceed the grasp of a single discipline, and touch all dimensions of the way people live and work.” – Arid Lands Institute DRYLANDS DESIGN featured work by architects, landscape architects, engineers, and urban designers responding to the challenges of water scarcity in the face of climate change. With a focus on the US West, the exhibition presented a portfolio of adaptive strategies large and small, rural and urban, high-tech and low-carbon. Since no single solution can meet the complex needs of the US West, the exhibition explored a range of approaches for how buildings and parks, houses and streets, industry and agriculture, cities and neighborhoods might be adapted to face a drought-prone future. DRYLANDS DESIGN recognized water scarcity as an issue of global concern, and challenged the industrialized world to take a leadership position with water-conserving, low-carbon design innovation for its own backyard.  

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