Kick-Off: Success!

February 6, 2011 at 7:43 pm | Posted in Kick-Off | Leave a comment

Bill Morrish, Dean of The New School’s School of Constructed Environments, was the MC for the afternoon

The February 4th Kick-Off Event was an incredible success!

Faculty members from across The New School presented on a variety of topics, focusing on the different forms of representation of water and water-related issues.

Each presentation was in a modified PechaKucha style, meaning each faculty member had a maximum of 5 minutes to make their points before the next presenter’s slides started. It was a new format for most of the faculty, and they did an amazing job.

Thanks to Victoria Vesna and Joel Towers, we had a team of students recording the afternoon’s events. Stay tuned for a link to a recording of all the presentations!

The range of topics presented, and the names of our fantastic faculty presenters, are detailed below:

  1. Victoria Vesna – New School Waterbodies
  2. Brian McGrath – Shifting from the sanitary to the sustainable city: the Viele map of Manhattan
  3. Victoria Marshall – Ritual + Weather: A rooftop garden at The New School
  4. Philip Silva – Mob Geographies: Crashing the Gateway of New York/New Jersey’s waterfronts
  5. Mara Haseltine – Science, art and environmentalism: Oysters
  6. Jean Gardner – You + Water: pedagogy and environmental/sustainability crises
  7. Rob Buchanan – ‘Sponge park’ for storm water mitigation at the Brooklyn Navy Yard
  8. Paul Ryan – a short film, Water
  9. Haodong Wu, a fourth-year undergraduate from Mannes performed “Reflections in the Water” from Images, Book I by Claude Debussy
  10. Jackie Brookner – Biosculptures/The Art of Water Remediation
  11. Lisa Bjorkman – Seven Methods of Water Access in Mumbai
  12. Nidhi Srinivas – Water harvesting in Rajasthan
  13. Antina von Schnitzler – Soweto Water Wars
  14. Tom O’Donnell – Venezuela most polluted lake, Lake Maracaibo: Oil Under Water
  15. Katayoun Chamany- Health and the environment: Cholera

Water Week will be taking place from March 28th to April 1st. The range of activities is incredible, and still growing! If you are inspired to contribute, or have any questions about Friday’s Kick-Off Event, don’t hesitate to be in touch. You can email us at


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