Activity: Service and engagement › Public lecture, debate or seminar
Book Launch and Panel Discussion
How can design processes assist in understanding the underlying and hybrid nature of water systems in our urban environments so that we can better prepare for the densification of cities and the impacts of climate change? In Time with Water: Design Studies of 3 Australian Cities captures propositions and speculations around this question through design studies undertaken in three Australian cities: Melbourne’s low-lying swampy areas, Brisbane’s flooding river valley and Perth’s deep groundwater network. Each of these cities has its own set of challenges around water, based on their particular natural environmental conditions and the radical modifications over 200 years that have fundamentally changed the way that water moves. The design responses in this book contribute to such an aim by understanding the past, present and possible future conditions of local sites, and using this knowledge to create multi-purposed, alternative design scenarios towards a water sensitive city. A panel of contributing writers will discuss their particular cities and the implications of this work for planning the city.