This book presents optimistic, transformative, and achievable actions that should inform an audience beyond the profession. However—and here is my only critique—the authors repeatedly return to how their design approaches define (and are defined by) the discipline of landscape architecture instead of running with the greater achievement this work represents for design and design research—as suggested by its provocative title. Unlike engineers, who gladly extend their influence into domains from medicine to information and industrial production, we designers, through our preoccupation with subdisciplines, underestimate the impact that our research has in the world. Springing from landscape architecture but expressing potential far beyond the confines of a single discipline, this book presents a way forward through design that acknowledges human impacts, placing human aspirations—as complex as they are—as the force driving the future.
See Samuel Markolf et al., “Interdependent Infrastructure as Linked Social, Ecological, and Technological Systems (SETSs) to Address Lock‐in and Enhance Resilience,” Earth’s Future 6, no. 12 (2018): 1638–59.
Joan Nassauer, “Landscape as Medium and Method for Synthesis in Urban Ecological Design,” Landscape and Urban Planning 106, no. 3 (2012): 221–29.
Tim Brown and Roger Martin, “Design for Action: How to Use Design Thinking to Make Great Things Actually Happen,” Harvard Business Review 93, no. 9 (2015): 3–10.
Jeff Carney is an associate professor at the University of Florida (UF) School of Architecture and associate director of the Florida Institute for Built Environment Resilience (FIBER). The institute is committed to the design, planning, construction, and management of resilient built environments, with strong interests in the wellbeing of the people and communities who inhabit them. Jeff leads the Florida Resilient Cities program, which works with communities across the state to connect resilience challenges with UF faculty and students through design research opportunities.
How to Cite This: Carney, Jeff. Review of Fresh Water: Design Research for Inland Water Territories by Mary Pat McGuire and Jessica M. Henson, JAE Online, June 5, 2020. http://www.jaeonline.org/articles/review/fresh-water#/.