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.
ASLA – Green Infrastructure has information for Green Streets, Green Roof & Walls, Constructed Wetlands and more
EPA (USA) – Low Impact Development | great resource of design manuals, barrier busters, fact sheets that address water design
ABC Waters – WSUD Design Manual | Developed by PUB Singapore, the ABC Waters Design Guidelines (Free PDF for download) provide reference to developers and industry professionals on Bioretention Swales, Bioretention Basins and Constructed Wetlands.
Water Sensitive Cities | An Australian Government initiative the provides technical information and research of water management in cities.
Melbourne Water – WSUD | information that assists designers with selecting a treatment, maintenance schedules, tools and training manuals.
Landscape Institute – Knowledge – Water | Documents, links, news and case studies on Water management
Susdrain (UK) | Case Studies, Fact Sheets, Guidance, and Design Manuals.
Built Projects (some of the many projects on WLA)
Conceptual Projects (published by WLA)
Waterplein | Rotterdam Netherlands | DE URBANISTEN (finished and published in WLA Magazine)
Student Projects (published by WLA)
This information is provided as a resource and should be used as a reference only. When designing project incorporating Water Sensitive Urban Design principles it is important to address and incorporate the requirements of the local conditions, laws and regulations regarding water management.