Water Index Exhibition

Book Launch + Reception: Friday, February 23

The book and exhibition WATER INDEX: Design Strategies for Drought, Flooding and Contamination highlights critical design projects from around the world that radically engage the fragile issues of drought, flooding, and contamination, revealing opportunistic, adaptive design strategies in response to the mounting global crisis. Water Index is a collective vision of the future that provides solutions for every continent and spans the disciplines of urban design, landscape architecture, and architecture. 

The book works to create an enduring manual for water development and design in the twenty-first century and to acknowledge crisis-initiated design as an important trajectory for architectural discourse.  The book is a product of two years of research, curation, and editing by Seth McDowell, Assistant Professor in Architecture and UVA School of Architecture research assistants, Ben Gregory and Brad Brogdon.  


Seth McDowell, Assistant Professor in Architecture

UVA Student Editorial Team
Benjamin Gregory
Brad Brogdon

Published by
University of Virginia
Actar D Inc.

Distributed by
Actar D Inc.

Exhibition Team
Todd Stovall