It’s Water, Stupid!

Paderno Dugnano (Italy), rendering of new plan (already funded) for the creation of a new green area, with recreational spaces for citizens’ and increased permeability for improved rainwater management. Photo: Gruppo CAP                                    

In the summer 2024 edition of Living Architecture Monitor (LAM), our managing director Luigi Petito reflects on the global water crisis. According to the United Nations Environment Programme, at least 50 percent of the world’s population, approximately 4 billion people, endure water shortages for at least one month each year.

To tackle this crisis, there is the need for sincere political commitment and increased financial support to protect and restore natural areas. In urban environments, we can boost water resilience by deploying readily available solutions to revive the natural urban water cycle.

In Europe, lawmakers have enacted important regulations to promote greener and more efficient rainwater management. These include the revised Urban Wastewater Treatment Directive and the EU Nature Restoration Law, which are crucial for advancing blue and green infrastructure across European cities.

The full article is available here.

The LAM magazine is a quarterly publication first published in 1998.  It features in-depth interviews with leaders in the green building movement, opinions, research, and green roof and wall project profiles. Living architecture is the integration of living, organic systems with non-living, inorganic systems in, on, or around buildings. Living architecture is an important step to reconcile people and nature in the modern built environment.

In January 2020 we were asked to set up and run the European Chapter of the World Green Infrastructure Network. Another exciting task to improve the quality of urban areas and help cities to reconnect with nature.

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