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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EXHIBITION | Rethinking the Urban Landscape | 8 January – 10 February 2015

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A new exhibition curated by The Building Centre and the Landscape Institute will exemplify how landscape architecture can offer sustainable solutions to the big challenges facing contemporary urban society including flooding and public health. The exhibition will feature 45 leading contemporary landscape projects from the UK and abroad. Showcasing some of the UK’s most powerful contemporary landscape projects including King’s Cross and the Olympic Park, alongside small, community-led schemes including pocket parks and community allotments, the exhibition will highlight the importance of investing in green infrastructure if our cities are to become more liveable, healthy and safe.

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LDA Design`s tidal lagoon scoops win at Landscape Institute Awards

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The Landscape Institute announces the winners of the annual Landscape Institute Awards, with the winning schemes including the world’s first tidal lagoon at Swansea Bay. Landscape architects LDA Design won the prestigious President’s Award, chosen by new President Noel Farrer, for Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon, an ambitious project that harnesses tidal power to generate renewable electricity.

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Landscape Institute Awards shortlist announced

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Battersea Power Station Pavilion and Pop-Up Park Landscape Architect: LDA Design Consulting LLP

The Landscape Institute 2014 Awards shortlist has been announced – entries include Eastside City Park, Birmingham, Swansea Bay Tidal Lagoon and Battersea Power Station Pavilion and Pop-Up Park.

The Landscape Institute Awards are presented annually to encourage and recognise outstanding examples of work by the landscape profession. This year’s shortlist, announced today, was drawn from entries received from all corners of the UK and overseas. The depth and range of the entries in all categories is testament to the depth and innovation present in these schemes.

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This Week in Landscape | 7 September 2014

Inquiry announced into flood mitigation and resilience | Landscape Institute
“The All Party Parliamentary Group for Excellence in the Built Environment has announced its 3rd Inquiry. It will look at the problems caused to the UK by flooding and examine the potential for greater mitigation of these problems and significantly improving flood resilience including the potential for adaptation to changing environmental pressures.”

Rock star | Charmaine Chan | South China Morning Post
Zen priest Shunmyo Masuno designs sublime gardens around the world and the man of many hats has brought his concept of minimalist beauty to Sheung Wan.

From bald prairie to urban forest, Calgary’s treescape has come a long way | Richard White | Calgary Herald
“Today, Calgary boasts 445,000 trees in our groomed parks and boulevards, worth an estimated $400 million. The value of individual trees ranges from $300 to $33,000.”

Garden cities are back in vogue, and that’s good for debate about where to build homes | Anthony Alexander | The Conversation
“Today, a renaissance of the Edwardian garden city idea seeks to challenge the piecemeal in-fill of urban centres and former industrial sites, or the slow creep of suburbia via urban extensions.”

Design profile: Q&A with Marcel Wilson of Bionic Landscape Architecture | Jordan Guinn | SFgate.com
“Marcel Wilson, the principal of San Francisco-based Bionic Landscape Architecture, sees every project as a possibility for invention.”

9/11 names to remember are fading away | David Abel | Boston Globe
“A decade after officials inaugurated it in a quiet corner of the Boston Public Garden, the muted memorial to the 206 people with ties to Massachusetts who died in the terrorist attacks appears to be deteriorating.”

 

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