Out of water: designing solutions for arid regions by Liat Margolis and Aziza Chaouni (review)

Out of water: designing solutions for arid regions by Liat Margolis and Aziza Chaouni (review) Book Reviews OUT OF WATER: DESIGNING SOLUTIONS FOR ARID REGIONS. By Liat Margolis and Aziza Chaouni. 2015. Basel, Switzerland: Birkhauser. 240 pages. $84 hardcover, ISBN: 978-3-03821-541-7 Reviewed by Jason Sowell Recent events suggest an escalating global water crisis: São Paulo, a megacity of 22 million, has over the past year rationed water resources due to the impact of unchecked development, resource mismanagement, and drought (Rodrigues and Brenha, 2014 and Lobel and Uribe, 2015); in August of 2014, Toledo, Ohio trucked in 33,000 gallons of bottled water after tap water was declared unsafe as a result of toxic algal blooms in Lake Erie; between 2009 and 2012, India's erratic monsoon seasons led to devastating drought (Economist 2012). The disruption or diminished access to a life-critical resource denotes what many would describe as a world "running out of water," be it a result of declining or contaminated supplies. However, as authors Liat Margolis and Aziza Chaouni emphasize in their edited volume Out of Water: Designing Solutions for Arid Regions, global water reserves are not at issue; rather, managing water needs and water use must instead emerge from a socio-technical understanding of a given context's water resources and related infrastructure. Out http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Landscape Journal: design, planning, and management of the land University of Wisconsin Press

Out of water: designing solutions for arid regions by Liat Margolis and Aziza Chaouni (review)

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Book Reviews OUT OF WATER: DESIGNING SOLUTIONS FOR ARID REGIONS. By Liat Margolis and Aziza Chaouni. 2015. Basel, Switzerland: Birkhauser. 240 pages. $84 hardcover, ISBN: 978-3-03821-541-7 Reviewed by Jason Sowell Recent events suggest an escalating global water crisis: São Paulo, a megacity of 22 million, has over the past year rationed water resources due to the impact of unchecked development, resource mismanagement, and drought (Rodrigues and Brenha, 2014 and Lobel and Uribe, 2015); in August of 2014, Toledo, Ohio trucked in 33,000 gallons of bottled water after tap water was declared unsafe as a result of toxic algal blooms in Lake Erie; between 2009 and 2012, India's erratic monsoon seasons led to devastating drought (Economist 2012). The disruption or diminished access to a life-critical resource denotes what many would describe as a world "running out of water," be it a result of declining or contaminated supplies. However, as authors Liat Margolis and Aziza Chaouni emphasize in their edited volume Out of Water: Designing Solutions for Arid Regions, global water reserves are not at issue; rather, managing water needs and water use must instead emerge from a socio-technical understanding of a given context's water resources and related infrastructure. Out

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