Treatment: A Plan For Rain, Panel Discussion
On June 7, 2018 I was lucky enough to be a part of a panel discussion hosted at the Knockdown Center in Queens, as a part of Nicholas O’Brien’s curated exhibit Treatment: A Plan For Rain, which rethinks the NYC Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) stormwater collection program by focusing on soil biodiversity, transparency, maintenance, and its impact on citizens.
The panel discussion focused on questions around participatory design, transparency, speculative futures, and policy around stormwater and green infrastructure practice. How can art, engineering, and urbanism work together with already existing community groups to understand needs and desires of a neighborhood while working with highly complex technical problems? Thanks to Nicholas for getting the conversation started, and to co-panelists Ellie Irons and Paul Grogan.