zainub verjee: city in a glass of water

food and water, subtle technologies — By on April 29, 2010 at 4:59 pm

subtle technologies presentation

The sustainability discourse in the late eighties stemmed out of a certain understanding informed by environment, ecology and developmental economics. The world has grown far more complex, intrinsically interdependent and deeply integrated. Within sustainable city literature, little attention has thus far been paid to the “Urban” as a process of soio-ecological change, and discussions about global environmental problems and possibilities for a sustainable future customarily ignore the urban origin of many of the problems.

The 21st century has brought a major and arresting focus on two key thematics: locality and environment. In this presentation I will focus on the issue of water and city, exploring their relationship, as I predicate the argument on its history, current contestations and the prospects for the future.


Zainub is the Principal Consultant, MetaCulture, a global boutique research and strategy consultancy in Cities, Pluralism, Innovation and Culture. She has been a major driving force in the Canadian cultural landscape with over 25 years work in the Culture sector. Acknowledged in publications and many citations, inclusive of a textbook case by UNESCO: her career also has been marked by cutting edge work as a curator, producer, cultural provocateur, theorist and artist. As an artist her work has been shown nationally and internationally including the Venice Biennale and MOMA, New York and resides in private and public collections.

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