For the first time in human history, the majority of the world´s people live in cities; in 2050 it will be 80 % of the world´s population.

Issues such as overpopulation, world hunger and the shortage of housing are exacerbated by a climate change-induced global water shortage. Lack of access to drinking water is one of the most critical challenges and the harsh reality for millions of people worldwide.

What are the challenges in connection with architecture and water? How will resource-saving water technologies change our lives? How can innovative solutions help to turn challenges into opportunities? And what contribution can architecture make to create future homes and cities worth living in?

Three internationally renowned architects will give their answers as to how they will deal with these challenges.


Brian Girard, New York/ London/ Shanghai

Brian Girard
Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates

Brian Girard is a Principal at Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates with over twenty years of experience designing residential, commercial, institutional, and cultural facilities in the United Kingdom, Europe, the United States, and Asia. His work draws on the direct observation of places and the behaviour of people, and focuses on the importance of diversity in the design of urban environments.
Brian is currently leading the masterplan for Covent Garden in London, incorporating a series of interventions and preservation initiatives near to the piazza.

Benedetta Tagliabue, Barcelona

Benedetta Tagliabue
Miralles Tagliabue EMBT

Benedetta Tagliabue is the director of Miralles Tagliabue EMBT, a studio founded in 1994 with Enric Miralles, based in Barcelona and Shanghai. Among her most notable projects are the Scottish Parliament, the Santa Caterina market in Barcelona and the Spanish Pavilion for Expo Shanghai 2010. Current studio projects include the Business School of Fudan in Shanghai, towers in Xiamen and Taichung, public spaces of HafenCity in Hamburg, the metro station Clichy-Montfermeil in Paris and the metro central station in Naples.

Herwig Spiegl, Vienna/ Munich

Herwig Spiegl
AllesWirdGut Architecture ZT GmbH

Herwig Spiegl studied architecture at the technical university in Vienna and during this time, he studied architecture abroad at the Mc Gill University, Canada. While his studies, he supported architecture offices in Austria, Germany and Netherlands. Together with the partners, he founded the office AllesWirdGut in 1999.
Besides, he supports the technical university Vienna as tutor of architecture. In 2016, AllesWirdGut has opened a new office in Munich and Spiegl is now member of the design advisory board from Stuttgart.

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