Dwelling Detox: A Transdisciplinary Approach on How to Design and Specify Materials for Less Water Pollution

Katia Defendi

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Abstract

This research is undertaken to help designers of urban development make design and material selection decisions to limit potential water pollution; the hypothesis being that architectural and urban design documentation practices contribute to low-dose chronic toxicity of aquatic ecosystems. Urban Metabolism theory is applied to Ecologically Sustainable Development and Water Sensitive Urban Design concepts in Architecture and Urban Design to explore ecological consequences of documentation practices. Residential developments are quantified according to potential for leaching zinc, copper, chromium, and lead, then modified to achieve lower potential pollution. Results reveal opportunities and impediments for implementing aquatic ecosystems protection through urban development.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Supervisors/Advisors
  • Duckworth, Anthony, Supervisor
  • Duckworth, Anthony, Supervisor
  • Beale, Patrick, Supervisor
Thesis sponsors
Award date14 Jul 2023
DOIs
Publication statusUnpublished - 2023

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