Water Sensitive Urban Design

 

Integrating smart water cycle management into urban planning and design

Water sensitive urban design integrates smart water cycle management into urban planning and design for sustainability and liveability outcomes in urban environments, wider regions and catchments. It is also known as ‘integrated water cycle management’, ‘whole of water cycle management’ and ‘sustainable water management’.

Projects

Our research impact

We advance water sensitive urban design knowledge to help government, building owners, the construction industry and design community find the best ways of managing stormwater, groundwater, wastewater, water consumption and rainwater in built environments.

We work with colleagues, particularly the Waterway Ecosystem Research Group, to discover new solutions through innovations in rain gardens (also known as ‘bioretention systems’ or ‘biofilters’), green roofs, tree pits, grassed or landscaped swales and infiltration trenches.