"Few challenges facing America and the world are more urgent than combating climate change. The science is beyond dispute and the facts are clear. Sea levels are rising. Coastlines are shrinking. We’ve seen record drought, spreading famine, and storms that are growing stronger with each passing hurricane season. Delay is no longer an option. Denial is no longer an acceptable response. The stakes are too high, the consequences, too serious. "
November 18, 2008
Bi-partisan Governors Global Climate Summit in Los Angeles, California
The University of Virginia School of Architecture would like to invite you to submit your visions for the future of water to be considered for inclusion in the upcoming book entitled WATER INDEX. This book will catalogue the world’s most promising and provocative visions for the future of water and civilization. This is an open call for projects that acknowledge and challenge the pressing water issues confronting the 21st Century. Submissions can vary in scale and discipline. Submissions can be at the scale of a cup or a dam, a fountain or a city. WATER INDEX is a search for intelligence about how to create a sustainable, productive relationship between water and people.
The Water Index will be structured as an indexical document that positions emerging terms, mechanisms, and strategies within a framework of three pressing water topics: The Rising, The Contaminated, and The Disappearing. These three conditions of water present fundamental complications for humanity’s dependence on water and will become thresholds within the index. Flowing between these three thresholds is a gradient of terms and topics from which the selected submissions will be indexed.