Next Generation Infra



Next Generation Infrastructure for Sustainable Environments is funded by the SURDNA Foundation.

The purpose of the Next Generation Infrastructure for Sustainable Environments project is to perform applied research for the Urban Water Management infrastructure category and its synergies for existing and expanding urban settlements in US context. The objective of the research is to analyze and prioritize improvements in the existing water infrastructure based on maximum value for the allocated resources. The research will advance through a systemic approach on water consumption, supply, collection, networks and treatment. The project will extend beyond the immediate infrastructure category of water to address its synergies at the large scale with the Energy, and Food Infrastructure Systems. The choice of urban water management is dictated by its utmost importance on urban settlements, having a strong element of locality, especially in its reuse and growing urgency to address climate risk and quality of life of communities.

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The initiative has two directions. One is to provide a functional set of analysis and guidelines for all kinds of stakeholders that maybe involved in Urban Water Management, especially in this time of critical paradigm shift. The second direction will be in contribution to the broader goal of sustainable infrastructure systems and most importantly managing integrated infrastructure systems.

About the Surdna Foundation:
The Surdna Foundation seeks to foster sustainable communities in the United States — communities guided by principles of social justice and distinguished by healthy environments, strong local economies, and thriving cultures.

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Prof. Spiro Pollalis, Research Director, [email protected]
Yannis Orfanos, Research Associate & contact person for this project, [email protected]
Richa Shukla, Research Associate & contact person for this project,  [email protected]
Judith Rodríguez, Research Associate & contact person for this project, [email protected]

Spring 2014
Tamer Elshayal, MDes 14′, PhD • Virginia Keesler, MUP 15′ • Khyati Saraf, MLA 14′ • Dimitris Venizelos, MAUD 15′ • Yao Xiao, MLA 14′ • Grace Xu, , MAUD 15′

Summer 2014
Binbin Ma, MLA 14′ • Grace Xu, , MAUD 15′

Fall 2014
Elena Chang, MUP 16′ • Sang Cho, MLA 14′ • Jonathan Goldman, MUP 15′ • Meng Jia, MLA 15′ • Andreas Nikolovgenis, M.Arch II 15′ • Emma Schnur, MUP 16′ • Grace Xu, MAUD 15′ • Claire Tianyi Yang, MUP 14′ • Yiying Yang, MAUD 16′ 

Spring 2015
Elena Chang, MUP 16′ • Sang Cho, MLA 14′ • Meng Jia, MLA 15′ • Emma Schnur, MUP 16′ • Yiying Yang, MAUD 16′ • Aman Singhvi, MDes 16′


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