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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Grorudparken (Grorud Park) | Oslo Norway | LINK Landskap

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Grorudparken (Grorud Park) is one of four new neighbourhood parks in Groruddalen. The park introduces facilities for athletics, play, recreation, youth programmes, social interaction, and cultural activities for the diverse local population. LINK Landskap was the project Landscape Architect, under commission from Oslo Municipality’s Department of Water and Sewage. However, several other municipal departments were also involved in the project – The Department of Recreation, The Planning Office, The Office of Cultural Heritage Management, and the District of Grorud. Planning and design work for the park began in the autumn of 2009, based on recommendations contained within the Development Control Plan for Alna Reserve (KDP Alna Miljøpark).

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Energy, Climate and Environmental Park | Solrødgård Denmark | C.F. Møller Landscape

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Sustainable story in 1:1 | A trip to the water treatment plant may not sound like the ideal Sunday family outing. Yet this can soon be a real possibility, according to the master plan for the Energy, Climate and Environmental Park that gathers the Hillerød Utility Company’s activities at one location.
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Why we need to look for lawn alternatives but artificial grass is not the answer

Artificial Grass - Nature Fighting back | Flickr User  jonsson

Artificial Grass – Nature Fighting back | Flickr User jonsson

“Artificial turf, therefore, is merely the next most obvious step. Now that we greet it with a shrug and a flop, designers need to push things further, finding solutions that aren’t replacements for everything that a lawn does, but for the many individual programs it has been forced to do.” – Alexandra Lange

Recently, Alexandra Lange published an opinion piece, There’s still one more park taboo to be broken at Dezeen that reviewed the role of lawn and in recent times the acceptance that artificial turf has gained in replacing the traditional lawn. Lange, cites various examples where Artificial turf has been used including the new rooftop at the Metropolitan Museum of Art by landscape architect Gunther Vogt and Pier 2 at Brooklyn Bridge Park by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates.

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Clark Art Institute Expansion Landscape | Williamstown, USA | Reed Hilderbrand

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The Clark Art Institute is in its final phase of a transformational campus expansion program that adds new facilities to support the growth of museum and academic programs, enhances the visitor experience, improves circulation throughout the campus, and creates new levels of sustainability across its 140 acres. The program focuses on providing superior facilities for the benefit of visitors and scholars and underscores the Clark’s environmental stewardship of its grounds.

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Naturbad Riehen | Riehen, Switzerland | Herzog & de Meuron

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The Swiss municipality of Riehen, bordering the city of Basel, lies in the gently widening valley of the River Wiese, near to its confluence with the Rhine. For decades, the local population has yearned for a new public swimming pool to replace the obsolescent baths by the riverbank, with various attempts having failed.
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A-Mazing Vertical Garden | Da Nang City, Vietnam | TA LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE

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The key solution that compromises between the tight schedule and the aesthetic rule of a French garden is Hybrid Landscaping. The TA LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE decided to combine a maze with vertical garden, a fashionable contemporary trend in landscape. The result is A-MAZING VERTICAL GARDEN called Le Jardin des Secret. What makes this concept special is the contrast between a classic style and a contemporary trends, and also between the topiary trees and the natural sense of tropical forest and between the modest area and the largest vertical garden. What used to take 10 years to achieve was constructed in just under 10 days.
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