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The Right to Water Special Event

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Water for Cities:
Responding to the Urban Challenge
Through Ecological Waterscapes,
Rainwater Harvesting
and Participation

a lecture by

Herbert Dreiseitl and Bettina Wanschura


In honor of World Water Day, the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy Right to Water Initiative is pleased to host a lecture by Herbert Dreiseitl and Bettina Wanschura on "Water for Cities: Responding to the Urban Challenge Through Ecological Waterscapes, Rainwater Harvesting and Participation." The lecture will take place during the Right to Water Study Group session on Tuesday, March 22, 2011 from 5:15-6:45pm.

This World Water Day lecture will focus on how "Ecological Waterscapes" can be used in urban environments to capture rainwater and re-charge riversheds, thereby improving access to water. Herbert will show examples of his work from Portland and Singapore, which inspires us to think about how art and better planning can enable cities and states to meet the challenges associated with realizing the human rights to water and sanitation. Drawing on examples from her own work in Europe, Bettina will then discuss how community participation can support the implementation of Ecological Waterscapes.

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About the speakers:

Herbert Dreiseitl Herbert Dreiseitl is an internationally renowned, sculptor, artist, and interdisciplinary planner, with 30 years of experience, Herbert is founder of Atelier Dreiseitl. Inspired by water, Herbert seeks to awaken a new understanding of sustainability, using public art intrinsically within overall landscape planning solutions, bringing universal themes of ecology and well-being to light. He has realized ground-breaking contemporary designs in the fields of urban hydrology, water design, stormwater management, urban planning, and landscape architecture. He is active in lecturing worldwide and his work is widely published.

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   Bettina Wanschura Bettina Wanschura is a landscape architect who focuses on how governments can use participatory social processes and communication strategies to improve urban and environmental planning.  She is a founding partner of PlanSinn Gmbh in Vienna/Austria, where she has worked for the past 15 years.  Most recently, Bettina has concentrated on developing frameworks for participation in watershed politics as prescribed by the European Water Framework Directive.

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Note: The lecture is taking the place of the usual Right to Water Study Group session of Tuesday, March 22, 2011 from 5:15-6:45 pm.

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