Water sensitive urban design (WSUD) is commonly implemented at a precinct-scale. This enables an integrated approach and the application of an appropriate mix of design and technologies for a spatially-relevant, climate-resilient, and resource-sensitive outcome where local water capture, storage, treatment, use, and reuse can be introduced as a contributor to the urban environment.

This project examines the issues and processes involved in delivering best practice WSUD through demonstration precinct-scale development and redevelopment projects in Victoria, Western Australia, South East Queensland and in international cities. Design projects will seek to integrate both the physical and environmental characteristics of the location, such as climate, building density, availability of open space, and local catchment issues as well as the social, cultural and legislative aspects, such as development regulations, community needs and qualities of place. The precincts, which include greenfield, greyfield and activity centres, will incorporate an integrated and holistic approach to water systems and activities.


Key outcomes

This project will develop plans, visual tools, design guidelines, and demonstration outputs that will support government agencies, policymakers, developers and consultants in facilitating the adoption of WSUD principles at the precinct-scale.

A key outcome will be the demonstration of how the various social, science and economic outputs of the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities (CRCWSC) can influence design and the visualisation of what these sites, precincts and cities of the future might look like.
Some of the major outcomes so far in the project include the successful completion of design studio workshops in Kunshan, China and well-received design work for major housing developments being planned and delivered by the City Canning, Western Australia.
Final outputs of the project will include:

  • a repository of CRCWSC’s research relevant to built environment outcomes;
  • design project case studies and appropriate visual representations of a mix of precinct types and scales in Australia and internationally; and
  • a toolkit demonstrating key design principles that best support the integration of resilient water sensitive precinct design.
Last updated: 17th Jun 2016