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Arup Event Discusses the Best Practices for Urban Water Management

Matt Ball on November 10, 2015 - in Corporate, Design/Engineering, Water

SAO PAULO, Nov. 10, 2015—Arup, a multidisciplinary engineering and consulting firm with a reputation for delivering innovative and sustainable designs, will be hosting the event “The Future of Urban Water” on Nov. 11 and 12 in Sao Paulo. Organized together with Insper and Arq.Futuro, the conference will focus on water management in Sao Paulo. As Brazil grapples with scarcity of water, the seminar explores some of the key trends and issues shaping the future of water globally.

During the event, Arup’s Foresight, Research + Innovation group will launch “Drivers of Change Water”. The publication explores trends, analysis and forecasts on water management in the coming decades around the world, analyzing challenges and opportunities in socio-economic, environmental, technological and political terms. Follow this link to access Drivers of Change Water cards.

A public seminar will be held November 11th on the campus of Insper, in Sao Paulo, and will feature lectures and a panel discussion with the participation of experts and sector authorities such as Jerson Kelman, president of Sabesp; Monica Porto, Assistant Secretary of Sanitation and Water Resources of the State of Sao Paulo; Ricardo Toledo e Silva, Assistant Secretary of Energy of the State of Sao Paulo; Stela Goldenstein, Director of the Clearwater Association of the Pinheiros river and Pablo Lazo, Urban Planning Director of Arup in Brazil. Vincent Lee, Americas water skills leader, and Francesca Birks, from the Foresight, Research + Innovation team, both from Arup, will also participate in the debates and will contribute global project experiences that could be applied locally in Brazil.

On the second day, November 12th, an exclusive workshop for invited experts will be held. The event will bring together representatives of governments and civil society, service providers, policy makers, academics, architects, engineers, investors, urban planners and opinion makers on the topic. Future events focused on Drivers of Change Water will be held globally in other megacities including San Francisco and Manila.

“The city of Sao Paulo faces a number of challenges related to urban water, such as water scarcity and the need to improve the integration of this feature as a design element and urban planning. But there are numerous opportunities to insert this reasoning in the future planning of the city, both through technology and through the implementation of specific public policies. Thus the metropolis will guarantee a more efficient and sustainable future for its waters”, said Pablo Lazo.

Arup’s Foresight, Innovation & Research team will compile the insights shared during the workshop to issue a final report to attendees that will analyze how possible strategies could influence public policy and water infrastructure in Sao Paulo.


Arup is the creative force at the heart of many of the world’s most prominent projects in the built environment and across industry. Its 13,000 planners, designers, engineers and consultants deliver innovative projects across the world from 90 offices in 38 countries, including Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo in Brazil.

Arup was founded in 1946 with an enduring set of values that fosters a distinctive culture, intellectual independence and collaborative approach.  The people at Arup are driven to find a better way to deliver better solutions for their clients. For additional information, visit Arup’s website at www.arup.com and the online magazine of Arup in the Americas at doggerel.arup.com.


Insper is an independent, nonprofit institution dedicated to teaching and research, with solid reputation in business and economics. It has the vision to be a center of excellence in teaching and research in the fields of Business Administration, Economics, Engineering and Law. On its campus, in Vila Olimpia (SP) it offers from Undergraduate courses (Economics, Management and Engineering) to Post-Graduate courses (MBA, Certificates, Masters Professionals and PhD) and Executive Education (customized programs of short and medium duration). As part of the production of knowledge, the institution operates through research centers that bring together faculty researchers dedicated to the study and formulate proposals on public policy (CPP), strategy (CPE) and finance (CEFI). The institution also promotes initiatives and discussions of entrepreneurship and innovation programs through a specific center (CEMPI). Visit: www.insper.edu.br.


Founded in 2011, the Arq.Futuro is a platform for discussion on the future of cities, in order to democratize information on urban issues and contribute to improve the quality of life of Brazilian cities. Acting on multiple platforms, the Arq.Futuro organizes international seminars, publishes books, promotes film shows and exhibitions, in addition to constantly stimulate debate on urban innovation on their website and social networks, through the publication of articles, interviews, polls, videos and photos. In order to analyze the urban reality in a horizontal approach, Arq.Futuro brings together architects, economists, lawyers, public and private managers, innovators, representatives of civil society, artists and academics in events open to the public. Since its founding, it has attracted important people from the architecture world to its activities, such as Joao Filgueiras Lima / Lele (1932-2014), Shigeru Ban, Zaha Haddid, Jacques Herzog, Thom Mayne, Elizabeth Diller, Liu Thai Ker, Alejandro Aravena, Alexandros Washburn and Isay Weinfeld.

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