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WAY BEYOND BIGNESS

A WATERSHED ARCHITECTURE MANIFESTO + METHODOLOGY

 

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Washington University in St. Louis

 

NEWS: 08-2017 Derek Hoeferlin wins FIRST PRIZE in DESIGNING RESILIENCE IN ASIA INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION for his Mekong River Basin proposal "FROM THE THIRD POLE TO THE NINE DRAGONS"

 
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MANIFESTO

WATERSHED ARCHITECTURE IS WAY BEYOND BIGNESS

 
 

METHODOLOGY

 a 4-part, WATER-BASED DESIGN methodology

DOCUMENT + MOBILIZE 

COMPARE + ANALYZE 

SPECULATE + SYNTHESIZE 

ENGAGE + CATALYZE 

 
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DOCUMENT + MOBILIZE

Water is everywhere before it is somewhere.
— –Anuradha Mathur and Dilip da Cunha, Design in the Terrain of Water
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COMPARE + ANALYZE

“Water is the planet’s universal solvent: its extraordinary capacity to saturate, dissolve, and mingle with other molecules to catalyze essential chemical reactions makes it Earth’s most potent agent of change.”
— Steven Solomon, Water: The Epic Struggle for Wealth, Power, and Civilization
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SPECULATE + SYNTHESIZE

“Water mingles with every kind of natural phenomenon; and more than one might imagine, it has also mingled with the particular destiny of mankind.”
— Fernand Braudel, Memory and the Mediterranean
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ENGAGE + CATALYZE

“Whiskey is for drinking. Water is for fightin’ over.”
— Mark Twain