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Water in urban landscapes

Re-imagining water as part of local landscapes.

Passive solar house design is more important than ever if we are to achieve climate friendly buildings.  But a house rests within a larger landscape and needs to be connected to more than wires and pipes – a work of human ingenuity meeting minimum engineering and construction standards. In the typical suburban street houses send a lot of water away to the sewage and storm-water systems, retaining little for use on-site.

Just as there is a need to protect and conserve native trees and forest, hand in hand with this goes the need for the protection and conservation of water.  Within an urban context this is best achieved by applying Water Sensitive Urban Design or WSUD principles.

Hard and black needs to be replaced by blue and green,
in as many instances as possible as part of regenerative urban landscapes.