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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Vascular Plant: An Alternative Form of Water Infrastructure for Use in Urban Areas

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Vascular Plant is new type of water infrastructure combines a series of water purification processes into a single vertical, water-circulating column. This utilizes a natural water circulation system such as those found in natural forests and underground water systems that extend horizontally from mountain to river areas.

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Marko&Placemakers + GutGut + LABAK design for Bratislava Slovakia

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Petržalka is a complex urban mechanism, which has gone through an unpredictable evolution. Its inhabitants form an active and responsible community, sensitive to any change. The city-wide redevelopment of infrastructure and introduction of a tram-train line running through the core of Petržalka presents an opportunity to integrate the existing green spaces into a defined natural urban park, expressing the informally developed character of Petržalka as a “green” quarter over the years.
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STUDENT PROJECT | Genoa Green Infrastructure | Alessandro Vino

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The project developed a design idea for an elevated bike infrastructure in Genoa’s east Valley, known as Val Bisagno. The valley has been named after the seasonal stream that rushes through it, nowadays the area is one of Genoa’s busiest urban periphery, with 130.000 inhabitants and two major issues:
1) The recurring floods of the seasonal stream.
2) The lack of sustainable mobility plans.

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WLA 2014 Outlook Survey | Results: Confident

Recently, World Landscape Architecture surveyed its readers about their confidence going into 2014. And the results are in – with readers confident about the year ahead with 40.98% stating they are Confident and 12.7% seemly Very Confident about 2014;  40.98% of responders feel the 2014 outlook was OK, 11.07% Not Confident and 4.51% Very Cautious. A similar story was told when ask how their companies performed in 2013 with 34.71% G00d and 13.22% Beyond Expectations and 38.43% As Expected. Some didn’t see their companies perform that well in 2013 with 9.5% Poor and 4.13% Very Poor.

HIRING
On the Hiring front in seems many small and large firms are hiring only 1-3 new hires in 2014. 45.61% are hiring 1-3 people, 10.4% 3-5 people, 6.28% hiring 5-10, 2.51% looking for 10-20 and 3.35% looking for over 20 new hires (mostly in nursery trade). Sadly, 32.2% of respondents stated that there companies won’t be hiring in 2014.

WORK
Most firms are expecting to see growth in Residential(28.26%), Government(27.39%) and Commercial(17.83%) work with smaller growth expected in Education(7.83%), Infrastructure(9.57%), Industrial(3.48%), and Environmental(5.65%) work.

The full report with breakdown by country, industry, management level and which type of firms are confident and hiring in 2014 will be published in the 12th edition of WLA Magazine due out February 18. 

 

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