Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has announced criminal charges against six more people—including the state's former water quality chief—in connection with lead-contaminated water in the city of Flint. [...]
All six people are current or former state employees in the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services or the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. [...]
"these individuals concealed the truth. They were criminally wrong to do so, and the victims are real people." — npr.org
The tragedy of Flint, Michigan's water crisis seems to worsen with every newly uncovered detail. As a manmade public health crisis provoked by willful denial and compromised safety standards, the entirely preventable poisoning of Flint's water supply with lead stands not only as a failure to care...
Given the threat of ongoing lead exposure and the community’s well-founded mistrust of government, should families be offered at least temporary resettlement while upgrades, repairs and enhancements are made to Flint’s badly contaminated water infrastructure?
I ask this fully aware of how unprecedented and complex such a policy would be. After all, some 9,000 young children may have been exposed to contaminated water. — Washington Post
...centralized urban water systems throughout the world are now under significant stress from increasing population density, water-resource competition, changing precipitation patterns, and new sources of pollutants, such as endocrine-disrupting chemicals. Even without these pressures, centralized water is, by design, a fracture-critical system—one that is susceptible “to complete and sudden collapse should any part of it fail,” writes Thomas Fisher, Assoc. AIA... — Architect Magazine
A few days ago, we published the winning entry of the first annual Flat Lot Competition in Flint, Michigan [...]. Here's now also one of the competition's three honorable mentions, the entry Stage a Lot by Brooklyn-based architects ksestudio. — bustler.net
The Flint AIA chapter and Flint Public Art Project have unveiled the winner of the first annual Flat Lot Competition, an initiative to design and build a temporary summer pavilion in the central parking lot in downtown Flint, Michigan. The jury chose Two Islands, a London-based team of architects and designers, the receive the $25,000 grand prize for their proposal 'Mark's House.' — bustler.net
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