Natural Systems Approach – for Green Infrastructure
I delivered this talk last week to the National Stormwater Institute of Australia Conference last week, via our digital world.
The planning and designing of blue- green systems requires a coordinated, holistic approach. From my Churchill Fellowship, Professional Doctorate on Blue –Green systems, and after more than 35 year’s experience planning and designing with water, I illustrate how, after analysing research on how water moves, and cleans itself in nature and with a collaborative approach, one can successfully implement innovative water sensitive design processes and outcomes.
The talk demonstrates, through project application on various scales, how a natural systems approach to water sensitive design, understanding of ecological systems, synthesis of site context, geomorphology and the historic background of water flows all positively influence the outcomes. The paper also addresses the need for collaboration and understanding of planning to minimise conflicts that often arise, for example with utilities / WSUD clashes that can adversely influence the design outcomes. Overall, it emphasises the need for an integrated approach and a sound understanding of water’s influencing processes.
Click on link below for KI Studio on Water Sensitive Urban Design: