Earlier this year, the Landscape Institute released an excellent informational video on using sustainable solutions to create “water sensitive cities.” Based on the work by CIRIA, Arup and AECOM, the short film explores the subject from the individual stormwater capture methods to a holistic understanding of the water system. The strong visual graphics are especially helpful for the non-landscape architecture layman who wants to grasp an understanding of the relationship between stormwater runoff and urban ecology.
From the description:
“By creating ‘water sensitive cities’ it is possible to address the major challenges of water shortage, flooding and pollution. This film, commissioned by the Landscape Institute and based on work by CIRIA, Arup and AECOM, explains the concept of Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) and argues the case for designing ‘with’ water when planning any new development.
WSUD is an integrated solution to flooding, droughts and water quality, which promotes a more rational and frugal use of water alongside the creation of beautiful and resilient places. WSUD is about looking beyond the idea that a pipe in the ground is the best option for dealing with rain water — it is about prioritising all elements of the water cycle when designing and developing new places. WSUD reduces flooding, harnesses the potential of flood water, cuts the demand for potable water and improves water quality — all measures which make the water supply chain more sustainable.”
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