The Living Waters of Larimer: A Fresh Infrastructure

Submitted by Elizabeth Damon

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Client: The Larimer Community

Location: Larimer, PA, United States

Completion date: 2015

Artwork budget: $1,000,000

Project Team

Artist

Betsy Damon

The Larimer Consensus Group

Artist

Bob Bingham

Carnegie Mellon University

Other

Carolyn Peeks

The Larimer Green Team

Architect

Christine Mondor

evolveEA

Industry Resource

Matt Graham

Landbased Systems

Industry Resource

John Stephen

eDesign Dynamics

Other

Fred Brown

The Kingsley Association

Other

Betty Lane

The Larimer Consensus Group/The Larimer Green Team

Other

Robert Germany

The Larimer Consensus Group

Overview

The Living Waters of Larimer: A Fresh Infrastructure is an artist led project and collaboration between a community, architects, engineers and local artists. This projects seeks to address the entire Larimer neighborhood, creating demonstration projects and encouraging individual efforts to shape Larimer's redevelopment process.

Goals

Living Waters of Larimer shifts the paradigm of storm water from waste to resource. It creates a plan and demonstration projects to reinvent a community's water infrastructures, integrating rainwater harvesting into urban spaces, cultural life, and local economics. Collaboration and community participation are key to integrating green infrastructure that reflect community interests and aesthetics, and augment community life. With this project the present community takes control of their natural resources for future development.

Process

Many organizations and individuals came together to create Living Waters of Larimer: A Fresh Infrastructure. In 2011, led by the Kingsley Association and evolveEA architecture, the Larimer community created the region's first ecodistrict plan, setting goals, identifying strategies around energy, water, food, transportation, and equity. Artists Betsy Damon and Bob Bingham organized to educate and involve the entire community using art installations, workshops, and on-the-ground outreach. Individuals and artists in the community are encouraged to create projects and business plans that integrate rainwater harvesting, and be part of this neighborhood-wide effort. This project is approached as a reproducible model so that other communities will have a functioning precedent for community-controlled green infrastructure.