Hybridizing Infrastructures

By: BB2040 Editorial Team

Wissensstadt Berlin 2021

Published on June 26, 2021

Rethinking water as infrastructure for social and ecological transformation processes has been a major feature in academic, professional and policy debates. Fueled by concerns about climate change related risks and the need for adaptation the focus is mostly on promoting proactive approaches to water resource management. Concepts like “water-sensitive cities” [1] or “water-wise cities” [2] try to articulate new paradigms to guide urban transformation processes. In Berlin, the Rainwater Agency tries to connect the essential stakeholders and provide guidance for a cross-sectoral approach to sustainable water management [3]. This results in attempts to couple blue, green and grey infrastructures, or to develop polycentric approaches to water management [4]. In addition to the scientific focus on technical water infrastructures, a growing number of civil society initiatives are concerned with water in its function as leisure infrastructure - there are attempts to clean up the Spree and make it accessible for swimming [5], or to preserve and upgrade the lido at Tegeler See [6].

[1] Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities (n.d.) What is a water sensitive city?https://watersensitivecities.org.au/what-is-a-water-sensitive-city/ [Accessed 21.06.2021]

[2] International Water Association (2016). A journey to water wise cities.
https://iwa-network.org/a-journey-to-water-wise-cities/ [Accessed 21.06.2021]

[3] Berliner Regenwasser Agentur
https://www.regenwasseragentur.berlin [Accessed 21.06.2021]

[4] Flussbad Berlin
https://www.flussbad-berlin.de [Accessed 21.06.2021]

[5] Strandbad Tegel
http://www.strandbad-tegel.de [Accessed 21.06.2021] 


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