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Science+Art+Design-Sustainable Cities: Sewage & Water

Friday, October 18, 2019 at 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm

University Center, U 618 63 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY

Clean water is important for drinking, recreation, and fishing, and urban environments must manage water. With increased climatic weather events we are seeing local waterways contaminated by toxic runoff, hormones, and sewage. In the US,  the EPA provides a summary of water quality assessment of each body water type and often use the coliform bioindicator test to indirectly measure the level of sewage contamination in rivers, lakes, and oceans. Join us as we test our local waterways for microbial biodiversity, discuss how evolution is happening as a consequence of our antiquated combined sewage overflow system, and explore the ways in which designers can meet water quality challenges.

Please note: This is a two-session workshop. You must attend both dates to see results. 


International News: Sanders, L. October 24, 2017. Puerto Rico's Drinking Water is Spreading Disease Due to Animal Urine and Hazardous Waste. Newsweek. Link. Additional Video here from CNN Link

Design and Global Water Crises: Mexico City and Indigenous Rights. Watts, J. Nov 12, 2015. Mexico City’s Water Crisis- From Source to Sewer.  The Guardian. Link

Local Water Quality Video: 2013. New York's Toxic Wasteland: America's Water Crisis. Vice Media. Link (10’)

Art Science Biodiversity Research Article: Wightman, Jennifer. December 2008. Winogradsky Rothko: Bacterial Ecosystem as Pastoral Landscape. Journal of Visual Culture. 7(3): 309-334.  Link

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This event is sponsored by The Department of Natural Sciences & Mathematics, Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts and The Provost Office.

Event Type

Workshops and Training


General Public


University Science Labs


Environment, Sustainability and Climate Change


Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts


Natural Science



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The 4, 5, 6, N, R, Q and L to 14th St./Union Square.
The A, C and E to 14th St. and 8th Ave.
The 1, 2 and 3 to 14th St. and 7th Ave.
The F and M to 14th St. and 6th Ave.
PATH train to 14th St. and 6th Ave.

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