RESOURCE | Water Sensitive Urban Design


World Water Day (Sunday 21 March) is a great time to remember the role that landscape architects play in managing water in the landscape. Over the last decade Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) has increased in importance as the world understands the importance of water in cities and the effects of climate change. The video above published by the Landscape Institute is a great example of the material available on the net in assisting landscape architects understand WSUD, but also use the video as a tool to educate the public on the importance of water in cities.

I have collated a list of great resources that you can use to learn, understand and promote Water Sustainable Urban Design in your projects, classrooms and cities.
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STUDENT PROJECT | The Petite Camargue, a new vision for industrial landscapes

The industrial salt production at Aigues-Mortes

“The Petite Camargue is a landscape whose characteristics have been moulded by human settlement and activities over time: it’s an essential economic and environment interdependence. One of these activities, the salt production, has been present for centuries on the vast lagoons of Aigues-Mortes, and it has shaped the landscape. Salt marshes are wasteland from the mining process, that shapes and manufacturers landscape forms and different micro-climates. Indeed, through human activity, water and salt and the major ecological landscape elements.

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THE WHITE ROOMS by architect Pierre Thibault at Les Jardins de Métis / Reford Gardens

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The White Rooms | Image credit: Atelier Pierre Thibault

The experimental and ephemeral projects of Pierre Thibault and his Atelier are a key component of his architectural practice, from the most discreet installation in the landscape to multidisciplinary artistic performances. His exploration will continue from May 30 to September 28, 2015 at Les Jardins de Métis with an exhibition Les Chambres blanches / The White Rooms where his latest work will be on view.

” Building is one of the most important acts of any society because it has a defining impact on the landscape, modifying the relationship we have with it, our way of seeing, understanding and living in it. ” Pierre Thibault

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EVENT | Exhibition: Dialogues on Urbanization | March 23 – April 18

LEFT: “GARRAF WASTE LANDFILL” BY BATTLE I ROIG & TERESA GALÍ-IZARD. PHOTO CREDIT: JORDI SURROCA; AND RIGHT: “MINING AS DEMINING” BY XIAOXUAN LU.

 

The exhibition, “Dialogues on Urbanization: Emerging Landscapes”, examines landscape architecture in the age of planetary urbanization and opens with a reception on Mon., Mar. 23 from 4:30 to 6:00 to be followed by a lecture by landscape architect Adriaan Geuze, Co-founder of West 8, Rotterdam at 6:30 p.m. in S. R. Crown Hall – College of Architecture at Illinois Institute of Technology.

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Green Park creates a business park with community and environmental credentials

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Green Park, a business community near Reading, designed in the mid-1990s, recently won a prestigious UK Civic Trust Award (2014). Place Design and Planning, a London-based landscape architecture and urban design practice, has been responsible for the 195 acres landscape scheme and continues to develop it with the current owners, Oxford Properties, and the estates management company, Broadgate Estates.

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