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CANCELLED: Science + Art + Design: Sustainable Cities - Sewage & Water

Thursday, April 16, 2020 at 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm

University Center, 618 63 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY

Clean water is important for drinking, recreation, and fishing, and urban environments must manage water. With increased climatic weather events we are seeing local waterways contaminated by toxic runoff, hormones, and sewage. In the US,  the EPA provides a summary of water quality assessment of each body water type and often use the coliform bioindicator test to indirectly measure the level of sewage contamination in rivers, lakes, and oceans. Join us as we test our local waterways for microbial biodiversity, discuss how evolution is happening as a consequence of our antiquated combined sewage overflow system, and  explore the ways in which designers can meet water quality challenges.

The University Science Labs host Science+Art+Design Lab Workshops use a social justice framework to empower attendees with the knowledge, values, and methods of science to address pressing planetary health challenges. All Worshops are open to faculty, students, staff, and members of the neighboring community. No prior knowledge necessary, and free. RSVP appreciated and confirmation emails are sent the week prior to the lab.


Please note: This is a two-session workshop. You must attend both dates to see results.  Please Register in the upper right-hand corner.

This workshops will be offered on the following alternative sessions. You only need to register for one set of workshop sessions:

FRIDAY, MARCH 27th and APRIL  3rd , 2020 AT 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM

THURSDAY, APRIL 9th and 16th , 2020 AT 4:00 PM  to 5:30 PM

FRIDAY, APRIL  10th and 17th , 2020 AT 10:00 AM to 11:30 AM  



International News: Sanders, L. October 24, 2017. Puerto Rico’s Drinking Water is Spreading Disease Due to Animal Urine and Hazardous Waste. Newsweek.  Link (lepto). Additional Video here from CNN Link

Design and Global Water Crises: Mexico City and Indigenous Rights. Watts, J. Nov 12, 2015. Mexico City’s Water Crisis- From Source to Sewer.  The Guardian. Link

Local Water Quality Video: 2013. New York's Toxic Wasteland: America's Water Crisis. Vice Media. Link (10’)

Art Science Biodiversity Research Article How to Use Color to Visualize the Invisible: Wightman, Jennifer. December 2008. Winogradsky Rothko: Bacterial Ecosystem as Pastoral Landscape. Journal of Visual Culture. 7(3): 309-334.  Link.


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Sponsored by The Department of Natural Sciences & Mathematics, Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts and the Provost Office

Event Type

Workshops and Training


General Public


Environment, Sustainability and Climate Change


Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts


Environmental Studies, Natural Science




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The 4, 5, 6, N, R, Q and L to 14th St./Union Square.
The A, C and E to 14th St. and 8th Ave.
The 1, 2 and 3 to 14th St. and 7th Ave.
The F and M to 14th St. and 6th Ave.
PATH train to 14th St. and 6th Ave.

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