How Can Our Cities Meet Our Increasing Water Demands?: Green Drinks October Forum
- 14-11-2013 18:30 - 21:00
- Arup Associates, Shanghai
As China’s already large economy continues to industrialize, many believe that water could prove to be the most valuable liquid in the Chinese economy. Due to increase in population and per capita usage of water as a result of lifestyle changes, the quantity of water needed for human use is increasing. Water scarcity is not just a China issue; it’s a matter of concern for all of the world’s developing countries.
As such, how adept are our cities to meet this demand? Are new cities actually being designed keeping these lifestyle changes in mind? How can our future cities have more sustainable and efficient water infrastructure? What are the key areas one needs to consider while planning the urban water infrastructure? Are there technologies and systems that ensure efficiency in domestic and industrial water consumption?
Maren Striker is an urban planner in RTKL Shanghai office with experience in urban planning, urban redevelopment and water management being based primarily in China and the Netherlands. His major areas of focus include sustainable urban development and water management and cross disciplinary urban regeneration and heritage preservation projects. In his presentation, basic water management principles will be discussed and illustrated explaining the dynamics of water in coastal systems and river basins in large master-planning projects around Asia.
Presentation Title: ’Water Management – Key to Sustainable Urban Planning’
Yewande Akinola is is an Engineer with engineering consultancy, ARUP. She holds a Bachelors degree in Engineering Design and Appropriate Technology from the University of Warwick and a Masters in Innovation and Design for Sustainability from Cranfield University. Yewande’s engineering experience andresponsibilities include the design and management of sustainable water supply systems in the built environment. Her interests in developing countries and emerging markets have inspired her work with charities and non-government organisations towards the development of clean water and sanitation solutions for the world’s underdeveloped regions. Yewande has been awarded the U.K. Society of Public Health Engineers’ Young Engineer of the Year. She was recently awarded one of the UK’s 2013 top 35 women under the age of 35 by Management Today.
Presentation Title: ’Innovation and Water Supply’
Philip Lohrmann speaks as a representative of the civilian-layman-environmental enthusiast margin and is currently a construction project manager working out of Shanghai. Philip’s educational background is in Civil Engineering with a focus on the environmental and structural disciplines, particularly water resources. His work experience includes LEED projects in Shanghai, river restoration projects on the West Coast of the United States, and water quality studies in Indiana and Zhejiang. He has also served as a volunteer with community-led local green energy initiatives, disaster relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, and the non-profit organization Green Empowerment which conceives and implements water, energy and bio-sphere protection projects in South America and Southeast Asia. His turnoffs are end-of-the-tailpipe solutions, end-of-the-conveyor belt quality checks, and need-of-the-moment firefighting.
Presentation Title: ’The Contradiction of Sustainable Urban Water Management’
- 18.15 – 19.15: Drinks & Networking
- 19.15 – 20.10: Introduction & Presentations
- 20.10 – 20.35: Panel Discussion / Q&A
- 20.35 – 20.45: Sustainability News Update + Lucky Draw (‘Fields’ Gift Cards)
- 20.45 – 21.15: More Networking & More Drinks
‘How Can Our Cities Meet Our Increasing Water Demands?’ is part of a special monthly sustainability forum series on urbanization, eco cities and cities of the future. The series is sponsored and developed by Arup Associates and Green Drinks China.