One Architecture & Urbanism

One Architecture & Urbanism

Amsterdam, NL and New York


Panama Water Dialogues

Under the title ‘Dialogos del Agua’, One Architecture developed, with Arcadis, an integral water management strategy for three watersheds in Panama. Commissioned by the Panama municipality after severe and repeated flooding, the strategy called for an integral approach that involved government, the local community, as well as private developers.

In a series of workshops, the drainage systems, the newly proposed retention areas and the rivers were re-designed as a series of parks with enough capacity to manage stormwater (even in times of coastal flooding), while providing benefits to the community. In addition to a set of spatial proposals, the strategy involved advice on the institutional framework, a handbook for water sensitive urbanism, as well the creation of a community task force to help keeping the drains clean.

  • Location: Juan Díaz, Panama City, Panama
  • Project period: 2016 – 2017
  • Client: Municipality of Panama
  • Collaborators: Arcadis
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Status: Unbuilt