Visualizing Urban Water

Visualizing Urban Water

A mass migration from rural to urban areas is underway globally. More than half of humanity lives in cities. Of all the challenges that influence this transition, none is more fundamental than water. Yet many of the world’s metropolitan centers lack planning, infrastructure and the water resources needed to support the new tide of urban residents. That’s why cities are simultaneously places where the most dire resource challenges converge, and testing grounds for new ideas, practices, and water-related investments for managing urban transformation.

In collaboration with Circle of Blue, we would like to challenge the design community to visualize urban water data and provide informative, clear, and cutting-edge visualizations that draw the connections between all or some of the following: the rapid growth of cities, the effect of climate change and natural disasters, and the urban water system.

With a better understanding of this data, water institutes and those on the ground can propose effective solutions to the urban water problem. The results from the challenge will be announced and disseminated on World Water Day- March 22.


  • The winner will receive US$ 5,000 provided by GE
  • The winner will be announced online on and featured in a Winner's Q&A
  • Deadline: March 15, 11:59PM EST

    More info: World Water Day Visualization Challenge

    We look forward to seeing your submissions!

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