Water sensitive urban design

Water sensitive urban design (WSUD) is an approach to design that delivers greater harmony between water, the environment and communities. This is achieved by integrating water cycle management with the built environment through planning and urban design.  The animation featured below was launched on Friday 26 July at the opening of the annual student conference. – ‘Generation H2O’   

Pat Brown, Director of Landscape Interface Studio, Kingston University presented during the Saturday schedule of events sharing work from LIS’s recent collaboration on the EU funded ‘Waterways Forward’ project.


Pat Brown, LIS, Kingston University

Image: Rowan Longhurst

Speaking at the opening, Sue Illman, president of the Landscape Institute, said that knowledge about this area could be a real advantage for today’s students. ‘You are learning this stuff which the rest of the profession doesn’t know,’ she said.

Celeste Morgan, director of AECOM, said that it was important to think holistically about all aspects of water, including rainwater, flooding, irrigation and green roofs. ‘Unfortunately we like to think of water in different compartments,’ she said. ‘it is our duty to break this down.’

Called “Water Sensitive Urban Design”, with animation created by Room60 based on work by AECOM and CIRIA, supported by the Landscape Institute, this animation shows how water can be used intelligently at scales from the domestic to the city.

Animation by Room60
Illustrations by AECOM
Commissioned by Landscape Institute and CIRIA


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