Over 80% of all climate change caused urgencies and calamities are water related. That's exactly why it can be argued that water-issues offer opportunities, that tackling water related challenges can and should be used as leverage for more comprehensive change, for realizing transformative projects everywhere and on every scale.

To identify and initiate such projects, in 2016 George Brugmans, the president of the IABR, and Henk Ovink, the Dutch Water Envoy, signed a Memorandum of Understanding, which was later endorsed by Joachim Declerck, partner of Architecture Worksroom Brussels.
Previous collaborations of these three partners accumulated expertise on process and design, feasibility and applicability. From Rotterdam to Istanbul, from Albania to Flanders, São Paulo to Mexico City, Groningen to Brabant, and most noticeably in the Post-Sandy ‘Rebuild by Design’ trajectory on the East Coast of the USA, their design-driven methodology has proven to add value, deepen insights and build agency for sustainable change and transformation.

First projects
The World Water Atlas is initiated by the Water Envoy, and managed by the IABR, Deltares and the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency as a component of the action plan of the UN/World Bank High Level Panel on Water (HLPW).

Water as Leverage
is an initiative founded by the Water Envoy, the IABR and Architecture Workroom Brussels. The first project, launched on November 9, 2017 at COP23, is Water as Leverage for Resilient Cities: Asia.

Water as Leverage at IABR–2018+2020–THE MISSING LINK

picture: Aad Hoogendoorn