Aging stormwater infrastructure, expanding paved surfaces and more frequent and intense rainfall are challenges we face in our quest to harmonize the built and natural environments throughout Chicago. Managed poorly, water overwhelms existing sewers, floods homes and contaminates our waterways. Managed well, water supports ecosystems in a vibrant urban landscape. It takes actions and investments, small and large, to prepare us for wet-weather events, improve water quality in our rivers and lake and build resilient communities.
Water is key to a thriving Chicago. How are we designing places and ecosystems to ensure a future in which water is an asset to Chicago? Join MPC and our partners for a panel discussion to hear diverse perspectives on how good design can help us better co-exist with water in the future.
• Moderated by Josh Ellis, Vice President, Metropolitan Planning Council
• Michael Berkshire, Green Projects Administrator, City of Chicago’s Department of Planning and Development
• Josina Wing Morita, Commissioner, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District
• Kelly Murphy, PLA, Associate, Hoerr Schaudt
• Ernest C. Wong, Founding Principal and President, site
Tickets are $7 for MPC donors and CAF members, $10 for students (with a valid student ID), and $15 for members of the general public.
This program is jointly hosted by CAF and the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) and coincides with MPC's River Edge Ideas Lab exhibit.