From Reservoir to Drain: Analyzing Urban Water Flows w/Harvard School of Design

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The Information Tool on Urban Water Systems ( developed at the Zofnass Program for Sustainable Infrastructure at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. The tool is the outcome of research on urban water management cases across US, from East to West Coast. It provides holistic information about the city’s water systems for non-expert stakeholders, such as city managers, policymakers, and the community. The first prototype was built for the City of Chelsea MA. The tool consists of two parts: the first can be summarized as “learn the system” and the second as “improve the system.” Through data visualization and system-based storytelling, the first part provides information about the urban water system, performance data, and geospatial synergies. The second part - through interactive modelling and scenario evaluation - highlights the opportunities to improve the system.

Yannis Orfanos is a Research Associate at Harvard Graduate School of Design leading research at the intersection of the urban environment, infrastructure systems, and data analytics. He develops city management and planning tools that enable data-based decision making and can bring together different stakeholders. Prior to Harvard, Yannis has worked within a number of international design practices in London, Barcelona, and Athens, including KPF Associates and Pollalis Inc. where he was the project planner for a new city of 600,000 people in Asia. He holds a Diploma in Architectural Engineering from NTUA, and MArch in Architecture and Urbanism from AA Design Research Lab. Yannis is an Envision Sustainability Professional and Trainer.