The House of Water. Episode #3 – The United Nations of Rivers

Episode 3 of the podcast The House of Water was recorded at the event “The United Nations of Rivers, Deltas and Estuaries” during the UN 2023 Water Conference in New York. Artists and researchers reflect on how they represent the river, and on how the river can represent and inspire us.

Waterfront Park Mural, 3-5th Grade, Displayed at the Center for Architecture in New York City
(Photo credits: Emanuele Fantini)

Apparently river lovers are early birds: the “United Nations of Rivers, Deltas and Estuaries” kicked off on Thursday March 23, 8 a.m. at the Center for Architecture in New York City, in a room decorated with drawings and collages by primary school students picturing New York’s built and natural environment. Researchers, activists and policy makers shared their ideas and commitments on how to bring rivers back at the center of our society. I heard inspiring talks on river cultures, “hydrotory” as a way to rethink our territories around water, water values and ethics, the quality of the river’s water as an indicator of the health of the society, and the work towards drinkable rivers to promote both.

I captured some of those voices in Episode 3 of The House of Water. Carola Hein, professor of architecture at TU Delft and UNESCO Chair Water, Ports and Historic Cities, Diana Morales, economist at Deltares, and Maud van den Beuken, artist, reflect on how we can represent the river but also on how the river can represent, inspire and lead us. Listen here below and share it in your networks!

You can find the previous episodes of the podcast here (Episode 1) and here (Episode 2).

Cite this blog post
Emanuele Fantini (2023, April 4). The House of Water. Episode #3 – The United Nations of Rivers. FLOWs. Retrieved June 21, 2024, from

Emanuele Fantini

Emanuele (@emanufanti) is senior lecturer and researcher at the Water Governance Department of IHE Delft. Committed to public engagement and crossover projects with artists and journalists, Emanuele coordinates the project “Open Water Diplomacy. Media, science and transboundary cooperation in the Nile basin”, he hosts the podcasts “The Sources of the Nile”, “Water Alternatives Podcast”, and “Si dice acqua”, and he is the editor of IHE Delft Water Governance Blog, FLOWs.

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