Boston, Massachusetts, United States – After 19 successful editions worldwide in the last six years, of which two in North America, the Wetskills Water Challenge was organized in Boston for the first time (after last year in Milwaukee, Wisconsin).
This Wetskills program started at 12 June and ended at 23 June. Young professionals and students in the American and Dutch water industry competed to develop an innovative concept for four case studies to create solutions for water issues in a changing world.
This year’s Wetskills Boston brought together local partners and hosts including innovative American and Dutch organizations, businesses and institutions. Four bright, enthusiastic young teams learned from and work with local professionals and water experts on challenging water case studies posed by the sponsors. Under the broad theme of Resilient Cities, cases were assembled including such topics as stormwater management, deployable flood defense systems, geothermal and thermal exchange energy systems, and coastal master plan development.
The teams presented the out-of-box concepts at the Workshop Boston’s ‘Urban Metabolism’ – What Keeps the City Alive and Growing on Thursday June 23.
The team of ARCADIS USA won the challenge with the out-of-box concept Safety on Pillars, a multipurpose bridge that must raise awareness for flood resiliency of the Seaport district in the future (see the poster: Wetskills-USA 2016 – Poster Team ARCADIS).
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