Water Re-use and Visibility in the new city of Belval

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In the south of Luxembourg an industrial area, in earlier days used by the steel industry, was transformed into an attractive working and living environment. The project is near to the French border in the new city of Belval. 

On the south slope of the site, with a view on the French hills there will be a residential area with 500 houses called Belval Nord. The town planning concept follows the landscape and the building blocks are carefully fitted in, here the landscape creates the urban design.

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Hyde Condominium Sukhumvit 13 | Bangkok, Thailand | SHMA

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The setting of the given shaded landscape area under building canopy has inspired the main concept. Resident arrives home into a grand cave-like hall beneath the building with hundreds of ‘Floating Sculpture’ symbolizing stalactite at the center as focal point.

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Bang Sue Environmental Education and Conservation Center Project | Bangkok, Thailand | Group Three Design

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The Bang Sue Environmental Education and Conservation Center (EECC) project was developed on the northwest reservoir of Vachirabenjatas Park or the Railway Park’s (SUAN ROD FAI) boundary. The circulation path within the compound had been designed to maintain the existing main routes such as bicycle lanes, walkways, and jogging route, and connect to the Park’s circulation system.

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WaterPlus | Solrød, Denmark | Active City Transformation

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The project WaterPlus responds to the need for an immediate climate change adaptation strategy in the municipality of Solrød located 30 km southeast of Copenhagen. This project transforms an inaccessible and unused plot into a park, activity center, educational laboratory, and water management facility. The project gets its richness from the intersection of these programs.
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Schob Nature Preserve Rain Gardens installation

Schob Nature Preserve Rain Gardens installation from TAMU College of Architecture on Vimeo.

Students install rain gardens at Schob Park Nature Preserve that sustained by stormwater runoff they absorb from nearby impervious surfaces such as walkways and parking lots. The project was funded by a small grant from the Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning.

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NHA Floating Village | Bangkok Thailand | SSOCA

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One of the project’s main characteristics of this project is its strong social component and purpose. The project’s prime goal is to help bring awareness of the relevance of working with nature when dealing with flood conditions in Thailand. With this project, this has been achieved through the design of a complete floating village. 

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One of the main design elements will be the Flood Interpretative Center.  This floating structure will be hosting permanent exhibitions, teaching about ecology and learning about how to live with water.  The rest of the structures will have different uses, such as commercial, housing, and public park areas.

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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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