Direkt zum InhaltDirekt zur SucheDirekt zur Navigation
▼ Zielgruppen ▼
Target Groups

Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - IRI THESys

Urban Rainwater Harvesting from Niche to Mainstream: Challenges and Opportunities for Planning

The research project "Urban Rainwater Harvesting from Niche to Mainstream", conducted by Prof. Timothy Moss and Rania Papasozomenou, investigates experiences in promoting rainwater harvesting technologies and practices. It is funded by the Swedish research foundation Formas.

Fig.: Anne Dombrowski
Rainwater harvesting has long been part of the standard repertoire of the aspiring sustainable city. Its multiple benefits have been illustrated with a plethora of successful pilot projects in industrialised cities across the globe. The leap from niche to mainstream has, however, proved largely elusive. The UrbanRain project (funded by the Swedish research foundation Formas) investigates experiences in promoting rainwater harvesting technologies and practices in three cities: Stockholm, Barcelona and Berlin.

At IRI THESys we are researching the sociotechnical pathways of rainwater harvesting in Berlin over the past 25 years. So far we have completed an analysis of the policy and planning contexts in the city and produced a database of over 100 rainwater harvesting projects begun since the early 1980s. Currently, we are conducting three cases studies of emblematic projects representing public, grassroots and commercial initiatives in the city. Primarily through interviews with planners, engineers, architects, residents and other users we are studying diverse visions of, and experiences with, rainwater harvesting. Altogether we aspire to reveal key dimensions to the socio-material dynamics and urban contexts of rainwater harvesting and their implications for water governance in the city.

 

Contact

 

Ourania Papasozomenou, Postdoctoral Researcher
Phone: +49 (030) 2093-66328
E-Mail: papasoou@cms.hu-berlin.de