Traveling Fellowship for Architecture, Design, and Urban Design
Designed for Water: Infrastructures Taming the Water and Producing Energy
Masoud Akbarzadeh’s research is based on a cultural and technical moment of infrastructure transition that is taking place globally as water becomes increasingly more valuable. Modern hydropower megaprojects have caused widespread social, cultural, and environmental damage. Akbarzadeh’s research explores new relationships between traditional water-based infrastructure and emergent urban forms along river way sites in Brazil, Iceland, Iran, Italy, and Switzerland. His work focuses on the creation of multiple smaller-scale hydropower stations, which support local environments and populations through the design of new forms of urbanism and energy extraction in a living river system.