Bound by water

Bound by water was a research project that imagined a mechanism for redistributing risk in a watershed. The mechanism was based on the analysis of spatial data (including topography, weather patterns, and demography), facilitated by a new institutional framework, and made amenable and calculable to the public by a digital user interface. The project drew on older forms of governance, such as the irrigation systems in Valencia discussed by Elinor Ostrom in her work on the commons, making the argument that those constituencies best placed to counter and adapt to climate change should be drawn according to the flow of material within the biosphere and hydrosphere.