Water sensitive urban design in the city of the future

S. Ward*, L. Lundy, P. Shaffer, T. Wong, R. Ashley, S. Arthur, N. P. Armitage, L. Walker, R. Brown, A. Deletic, D. Butler

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With timeframes for addressing the issues of the City of the Future (CotF) rapidly approaching (e.g. 2020, 2025, 2050), this paper integrates international research knowledge and expertise from four continents. It critically evaluates the role of water sensitive urban design (WSUD) in the CotF in terms of overlapping theory and practice. The aspirations of water sensitive cities are reviewed and multiple drivers for applying WSUD are described from developing and developed country perspectives In addition, the potential for WSUD to support cities in 'leap-frogging' towards their visions are explored. The role of WSUD within the wider context of achieving sustainable living objectives (e.g. greater resilience, low carbon living, sustainable transportation, local food supply and social stability) is debated and the concept of the 'multi-objective city' introduced. Conclusions are drawn regarding opportunities for the WSUD process to provide a framework within which professionals from many disciplines can support landscape architects and urban planners in achieving multiobjective liveable cities are identified.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationWSUD 2012: Water sensitive urban design; Building the water sensitive community; 7th international conference on water sensitive urban design
PublisherEngineers Australia
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9780858258952
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Event7th International Conference on Water Sensitive Urban Design 2012 - Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Duration: 21 Feb 201223 Feb 2012


Conference7th International Conference on Water Sensitive Urban Design 2012
Abbreviated titleWSUD 2012
CityMelbourne, VIC


  • Governance
  • Knowledge
  • Planning
  • Principles
  • Water sensitive urban design (WSUD)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Architecture


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