Can we imagine a sustainable world with the urban planning and architecture we have developed until now? The crisis of water and sanitation leads us to believe we cannot, and this is causing a radical change in the way we conceive, build and plan the houses and cities we live in. The new architecture rises as a discipline of hope.
Water collection in the camps of Somali refugees is very hard, and drinking it is a life-threatening danger.
The crust of asphalt, metal and concrete of cities grows more rapidly than we thought, and it accumulates and soils increasingly more water. The New Urban Agenda establishes a road map for sustainability, but it is necessary to take a further step towards the regeneration of large cities. Water and sanitation are the goal and the solution at the same time.
We need to face this fact: water is too scarce to use it only once. It is a resource that will become increasingly difficult to obtain due to over-exploitation and climate change. Its reuse will be more and more necessary if we want everyone on the Earth to have access to it.
We spend our entire day pouring a wide range of pollutants down the drains of our homes.
Until a couple of decades ago we were aware of those we thought of as biodegradable or more or less controlled.
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