UrbanLab: Bowling

Sarah Dunn, Martin Felsen



6.9" x 8.3", portrait
Publication date: 
Fall 2016
Rights world: 

As populations steadily increase in cities, the world’s natural resources are consumed at ever-faster rates. The majority of the world’s populations live in countries where clean water supplies are dwindling, and these water shortages are also quickly translating into food shortages. What can designers do to avert looming water-related realities? UrbanLab: Bowling views potential water crises as opportunities to speculate on future urban design possibilities, especially in cities. Several projects are presented that take an ecological approach to re-thinking received urban design methodologies of addressing the design of water-related infrastructures in existing and new cities. 

About the author: 


Sarah Dunn and Martin Felsen are co-founders of UrbanLab, a collaborative o ce practicing architecture and urban design. UrbanLab’s primary interest is in forward-looking projects that speculate on a more resilient and resourceful tomorrow. Projects span from large urban proposals to small residential projects. Martin Felsen, AIA, is a registered architect in Illinois and New York. He was educated at Virginia Tech (B.Arch, 1991), and Columbia University (MS-AAD, 1994). Felsen is an Assistant Professor in the School of Architecture in the Illinois Institute of Technology’s College of Architecture. Sarah Dunn was educated at Columbia University (M.Arch, 1994). Dunn is an Associate Professor in the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago. 

Stan Allen, an internationally renowned architect and theorist. Allen is the George Dutton ’27 Professor of Architecture in the School of Architecture at Princeton University. In 2011 he was elevated to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects and in 2012, elected to the National Academy of Design. He leads SAA/Stan Allen Architect. 

John McMorrough, a nationally renowned architect and theorist. McMorrough is an associate professor at the University of Michigan Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, and a principal architect in studioAPT (Architecture Project Theory). 


Rick Valicenti (Designer) is the founder and design director of Thirst/3st, a communication design practice providing design and immersive environments. In 2011, Valicenti was awarded the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Award for Communication Design. In 2006, he received the AIGA (American Institute of Graphic Arts) Medal, the highest honor of the graphic design profession. In 2004, he was recognized as a Fellow of the AIGA Chicago.