FROM WATER SENSITIVE TO FLOODABLE: DEFINING ADAPTIVE URBAN DESIGN FOR WATER RESILIENT CITIES
JOURNAL OF URBAN DESIGN, Volume 24, 2019 - Issue 1, Pages 137-157
UNSW Built Environment, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
In growing urban areas, populations are increasingly exposed to the effects of climate change. Rainwater has been identified as a primary risk, although it is also an opportunity to pursue resilient and equitable cities while regenerating the urban ecosystem. Both urban design and landscape ecology have attempted to define effective responses to urban flooding and their synergy supports novel transdisciplinary approaches. The translation of adaptive management theories to the design process suggests working with rainwater rather than defending against it, combining science and practice. This paper retraces the evolution of design for flooding approaches and outlines the basis of an adaptive urban design for rainwater management.