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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 Daegu-Gyeongbak, Republic of Korea in April 2015. International support was mobilized at the Forum so that key messages will be transferred across borders and more countries will approach water resources management in ways that contribute to sustainable economic growth, environmental protection and socially-inclusive development. Nautilus also assisted the clients in preparing the final report that was launched at the event and is now available. Read more about the project…
- Water and Green Growth, Volume 1, 2015 (150 pages)
- Water and Green Growth, Volume 2, 2015 (740 pages)

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' SW 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. Read more about the project…
- View Project Summary Report

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.
- See "Waterfront" chapter on page 32
- Read more about Nautilus' post-Sandy work

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 will support partnerships with multiple stakeholders at the level of each individual river basin, exchange best science and successful results across basins, and scale up impacts by engaging a global network to influence major public and private policy and investment decisions. Read more about the project…
- View Executive Summary

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. Read more about the project…
- View Executive Summary(1.5MB)
- View 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 & 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.

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.

  • 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.

  • 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.


    Water & Green Growth

    Protecting and managing water resources to ensure sustainable growth in a rapidly developing and urbanizing world is the subject of Water and Green Growth. Read more about the project…

    Phase 2 Case Studies

  • Integrated Water Resources Management in Brazil: How National Policies and Practices Support Green Growth

  • Water Fund Mechanisms for Watershed Protection in Ecuador

  • Water Management in Gujarat State, India: Mix of Policy and Infrastructure Initiatives Result in Green Growth

  • Ebro River Basin, Spain: Sound Water Planning Supports Green Growth

  • Restoration of an Urban Estuary: Golden Horn (Istanbul, Turkey)

    Articles by Bonnie A. Harken, AIA:

  • 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 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 Over, Under, Around, and Through, 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.