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2017 International Stream Daylighting Series - Life Design (Disena Vida)

  • The University of Utah C. Roland Christensen Center, Room 115 1650 Campus Center Dr Salt Lake City, UT 84112 (map)

The 2017 International Stream Daylighting Series is a gathering of community members, professionals, and educators to share visions, insights, and ideas about uncovering urban creeks and rivers, in a process known as daylighting. Daylighting, a multi-disciplinary approach to the fields of planning, engineering, architecture, natural sciences, social sciences, and business, will be viewed through the lens of urban hydrology. Local and state government agencies, non-profit organizations, and community leaders will move beyond watershed issues to solutions to revitalizing lost riparian habitats. As Ann Riley – a pioneer of stream daylighting in Berkeley, California – explains, “Stream restoration [and daylighting] is neighborhood restoration” (Urban Stream Restoration 1998).


Join Elias Cattan for a discussion on the transformation of systems thinking through the lens of architecture, urbanism, ecology, and health. Life Design webs a path of mutual vision in remembering anthropogenic relationships with living systems, not only as a support system, but also as a model for evolution.

Paved over in 1942, one of Mexico City’s largest waterways, the Piedad River, flows under the Miguel Alemán Viaduct. Informed by daylighting efforts across the globe, uncovering the Piedad would replace a congested roadway with public space to improve water quality, increase biodiversity, and facilitate economic development. This would be the first step in a multidisciplinary approach – academics, designers, planners, environmentalists, and artists – to uncover all 45 of the city’s buried rivers.Through initiatives, such as Picnics on the River, Elias’ work seeks to perpetuate daylighting efforts across Mexico City. His art installations deconstruct the relationship between human systems and the natural world.

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