Water Sensitive Urbanism (Program B)
Influencing urban planning and design through water
This program seeks to apply a new approach to urban planning and design to improve the sustainability and liveability of urban environments. It will apply a new paradigm in urban planning and design that captures the many aspects of urban water management including reliable access to clean water, flood protection, design for climate-sensitive areas, land- and water-based natural systems, and productive landscapes.
Projects in the Water Sensitive Urbanism Program are working to:
- develop the practices (tools and techniques) used by urban planning, architecture, and water management practitioners to create the physical, social, and biological form of cities.
This will be achieved by:
- developing and using conceptual models designed to validate the utility and applicability of water sensitive urbanism;
- working with industry partners to test and validate a range of conceptual planning models and tools; and
- understanding areas of contested science and policy reform for water sensitive urbanism.