Out of Water: Design Solutions for Arid Regions

Professor James Wescoat and Fadi Masoud have two separate chapters published in a book titled “Out of Water: Design Solutions for Arid Regions” and just released by Birkhauser. Water-Conserving Design Solutions: Contributions of Water Budget Analysis in Arid and Semi-Arid Regions by Prof. Wescoat, and A Model for Integrated Agrarian Urbanism: Water Management in the Jordan River Basin by Fadi Masoud.

Overview of Out of Water: Design Solutions for Arid Regions: Although access to water resources is an issue of global concern, arid climates are where necessity begets inventions that may serve as examples for action or prevention across a multitude of climate zones and geographies. In facing the prevalence of water scarcity across the globe, due to a mix of climatological and man-made factors, the question we must ask ourselves today is Water for What?  Which approaches can landscape, urban and architectural designers take in order to apply their specific professional skills and means? What potential do available technologies and materials offer, and what methods and tools can be derived from social engagement? Based on five years of research, the preparation of and feedback on a traveling exhibition, as well as a major conference, the results of the Out of Water project are laid out here in a series of case studies and essays by international experts, including analytical drawings of both projected and implemented solutions.