Water has often defined the layout and structure of cities and their architecture. In conjunction with orography, which is often a result of its action, water has produced cities that have developed with it symbiotically for a long time. Over time, scientific techniques and progress have introduced new systems to control, conserve and use water. By distancing ourselves from its original character, we have violated some of its behavioural patterns and we have lost landscapes and urban spaces which find their raison d’etre in water and with water. New Water Anthropology brings together a series of works developed since 2008, within the Master of Urban Vision and Architectural Design, at Domus Academy in Milan, Italy. Over this period, we were given the opportunity to develop, together with students and lecturers from the various programmes, research and projects related to water within complex urban contexts.