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Water sensitive urban design through the lens of urban metabolism

By Shinyi Lee, Tan Yigitcanlar, Les A. Dawes and Ashantha Goonetilleke


Stormwater pollution has been recognised as one of the main causes of aquatic ecosystem degradation and poses a significant threat to both the goal of ecological sustainable development as well as human health and wellbeing. In response, water sensitive urban design (WSUD) practices have been put forward as a strategy to mitigate the detrimental impacts of urban stormwater runoff quality and to safeguard ecosystem functions. However, despite studies that support its efficiency in urban stormwater management, the mainstreaming of WSUD remains a significant challenge. This paper proposes that viewing WSUD through the lens of the integrated urban metabolism framework which encourages an interdisciplinary approach and facilitates dialogue through knowledge transfer is a strategy in which the implementation of WSUD can be mainstreamed

Topics: 120507 Urban Analysis and Development, 120599 Urban and Regional Planning not elsewhere classified, Knowledge-Based Urban Development, Urban Metabolism Framework, Water Sensitive Urban Design, WSUD
Publisher: World Capital Insititue
Year: 2011
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