UNESCO and the iWSSM have begun publishing a series on global water security, including a chapter by Nautilus on "Water Security and Green Growth: Supporting Development While Safeguarding Water Resources" summarizing our research and policy analysis of international best practices. Read Water Security and Green Growth: Supporting Development While Safeguarding Water Resources >>
Water & Green Growth:
Beyond the Theory for Sustainable Future
Nautilus' work on Water and Green Growth policy framework and best practices around the world was presented and discussed at the 7th World Water Forum in the Republic of Korea in 2015. International support was mobilized at the Forum with key messages about how countries can approach water resources management in ways that contribute to 1) sustainable economic growth, 2) environmental protection and 3) socially-inclusive development. The final report, which Nautilus assisted in preparing, was launched at the Forum.
Water & Green Growth, Volume 1, 2015 (150 pages) >>
Water & Green Growth, Volume 2, 2015 (740 pages) >>
Building Better, Building Smarter: Opportunities for Design and Development was published in early 2013 by the AIANY's Post-Sandy Initiative, a collaborative organized to address the impacts of the storm and effects of future climate change on NYC. As part of this effort Nautilus' President, Bonnie A. Harken, AIA & APA co-chaired a multi-disciplinary working group on waterfront issues.
Developing port areas in ways that are not only environmentally sustainable but also reconnected to the larger region with multi-modal transportation has been one of the goals of Nautilus' Southwest Brooklyn Waterfront Study for The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey. In response to increasing demands for floating structures in the harbor to support water-borne transportation, such as expanded ferry networks, the Floating Structures Pilot Project led by Nautilus conducted valuable scientific research about the environmental effects of nearshore floating structures on the aquatic habitat and hydrodynamics in New York and New Jersey's harbor.
The world's great rivers − large, productive waterways that sustain many nations with food, water, and energy − are increasingly at risk under the weight of competing uses, pollution, population growth, and climate change. Nautilus helped coordinate Great Rivers Partnership's Business Plan for 2013-2017, which supports partnerships with multiple stakeholders at the level of each individual river basin, exchanging best science and successful results across basins, and scaling up impacts by engaging a global network to influence major public and private policy and investment decisions.
What role does water play in greening growth? The Water and Green Growth Report proposes a policy framework for securing water resources as an essential element in sustainable development particularly in parts of the world experiencing population growth and rapid urbanization. Edition 1 was released for discussion at the 6th World Water Forum in Marseille and Rio+20 in 2012. Nautilus has been working with the World Water Council and Republic of Korea's government to analyze case studies around the world and develop the policy framework.
View the Water and Green Growth Executive Summary(1.5MB) >>
View the Water and Green Growth Full Report (17.3MB) >>
Exciting cross-cultural concepts for the redevelopment of port areas were captured in the Brooklyn-Rotterdam Waterfront Exchange News, a newspaper designed and edited by Nautilus with 17 articles by a variety of Dutch and US authors on topics ranging from how to combine green tech research & development with renewable energy industries, to linking blue and green environmental networks and creating a climate-resilient community. These articles explore ideas generated at the Brooklyn-Rotterdam Waterfront Exchange's workshop in New York City in Spring 2010 .
Idling at Zero, an article about politics and planning at the WTC site, features a quote from Bonnie Harken on her work on transportation systems and commuters at Ground Zero.
Opening the Floodgates: West Harlem Fights for Access to Riverside Park describes Nautilus' conceptual planning on Take Me to the River and announces their selection for a second phase of the project which includes detailed transportation & cultural plans and streetscape guidelines.
West Harlem Waterfront Transformations is an eOculus article about panel discussion at the Center for Architecture and describes Nautilus' work on Take Me to the River, a waterfront access and economic development study.
A View from the Water's Edge is about Nautilus' work on waterside activities in Newark - from boating to a Town Dock and new parks.
Articles by Bonnie A. Harken, AIA
In Take a Stand on the Waterfront, an article appearing on the Viewpoint page of Aug/Sept 2009 Planning Magazine, Harken writes about how planners and urban designers can make a significant difference.
In Global Waterfronts: Green Growth, Great Rivers, and Port Cities, Spring 2013 Oculus, Harken summarizes Nautilus' recent work shaping sustainable urban waterfronts and integrating them into their larger watersheds while helping to mold public and private policy and safeguard global water resources. Clients for these projects include the World Water Council, The Nature Conservancy's Great Rivers Partnership, and The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey.
In Over, Under, Around, and Through, Winter 2005-2006 Oculus, Harken describes how New York architects including Nautilus International are rising to the challenges presented by major urban infrastructure, such as highways, electric substations, railroad tracks, and tunnels.
In Peaceful Waters, Harken describes the international exchange she worked to create, bringing together high-level decision makers from New York and Amsterdam for a ground-breaking dialogue about current approaches to waterfront revitalization.