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.
Catchment scale landscape planning for water sensitive cities in an age of climate change (Project B1.2)
Protection and restoration of urban freshwater ecosystems: informing management and planning (Project B2.23)
Social-technical flood resilience in water sensitive cities - quantitative spatio-temporal flood risk modelling in an urban context (Project B4.1)
Social-Technical Flood Resilience in Water Sensitive Cities - adaptation across spatial & temporal scales (Project B4.2)