UrbanLab Bowling

Sarah Dunn and Martin Felsen

Ellen Grimes



8.3'' x 6.8'' Portrait
Soft bound
Publication date: 
Spring 2017
Rights world: 

Stan Allen, John McMorrough, and Rick Valicenti


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 architecture and urban design possibilities, especially in cities. A series of essays, graphic arguments and design proposals take an ecological approach to re-thinking the design of water-related architecture and infrastructure in existing and new cities.

About the author: 

Sarah Dunn and Martin Felsen are co-founders of UrbanLab, an architecture and urban design office. UrbanLab’s primary interest is in forward-looking projects that speculate on a more resilient and resourceful tomorrow. In 2016, Martin Felsen was elevated to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects. Felsen is an associate professor in the College of Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology. Sarah 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, is the George Dutton ’27 Professor of Architecture in the School of Architecture at Princeton University. Elevated to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects in 2011 and elected to the National Academy of Design in 2012, he leads SAA/Stan Allen Architect.

John McMorrough, a nationally renowned architect and theorist, 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).

Ellen Grimes (Editor) is an associate professor of architecture at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and an editor-at-large at Flat Out. She has worked with Bruce Mau Design, Garofalo Architects, and Greg Lynn Form, and is a principal in FlohrGrimes, a design practice.Rick Valicenti (Book 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, and in 2004, he was recognized as a Fellow of the AIGA Chicago.