The CRC for Water Sensitive Cities (CRCWSC) was recently recognised with a 2017 Excellence in Innovation award, presented by the CRC Association at a Canberra ceremony in the Great Hall of Australian Parliament House, 24 May. A highlight reel from the night can be viewed in the video below.

The award recognises the CRCWSC’s impact in supporting the City of Kunshan to become more “water sensitive” – to the point where it is now China’s leading example of urban water innovation.

“Engagement with the CRCWSC has been an invaluable conduit of new science, technology, and design concepts that have transformed the thinking of urban design and city development”, said Mr Shi Jiangang, Chairman of the Kunshan City Construction, Investment and Development Company (KCID).

In collaboration with the CRCWSC, Kunshan has successfully implemented over 300 water sensitive projects in just 3 years through a highly productive partnership, with partners including the Kunshan City Bureau of Planning, KCID, Southeast University, E2DesignLab, and REALMStudio. In addition, in the last two years Monash University’s Faculty of Arts, Design and Architecture ran a design studio involving its masters and PhD students in Kunshan to generate new design ideas for the city.

Now Kunshan is embarking on an ambitious new A$1B project that will open new pathways to market, and new partnerships between Chinese and Australian businesses for the transfer and application of Australian water sensitive knowledge in the region.

The Awards recognise outstanding examples of the transfer of CRC research, results, knowledge and technologies that have been developed for a wide range of users.

For more, see a short video below on Kunshan.