Water Sensitive Cities

The course will address data requirements, tools, approaches, relevant planning policy frameworks, decision making and implementation experiences needed to build and foster water sensitive cities.

For whom?

Any post-graduate level expert involved or interested in urban water management related activities (e.g. water supply, flood management, drainage, etc.). Professionals focusing on or interested in integrating various components of the urban water system. 

A city in which water is managed with regard for its rural origins, coastal destinations and social/cultural significance becomes a water sensitive city. A philosophy of flexibility in supply and use to meet all users’ needs underpins the collection and movement of water, and the technologies to facilitate the physical movement of water are designs that manifest these ideals visually for all to acknowledge and appreciate.

Three important drivers that enable this movement (therefore could be seen as defining the direction of water sensitive cities) are:

  1. Look at every form of water as an opportunity at diversity of scales.
  2. Design the built environment supplements and supports the function of natural environment
  3. The city stakeholder’s decision-making and behavior are sensitive to water.

The primary goal of the course is to help the participant to understand and internalize those drivers above and how they relate to various aspects of urban water cycle that they may cover during specialized, thematic modules.

Topics and Learning Activities

The course content will be developed under three sub-thematic areas (Water Sensitive Urbanism, Technologies and Society) covering three stages (Introduction, Outlook and Practical implementation). However, the structure of the course will be largely project-based. After a short introduction of WSC concepts, the discussion will be lead to a series of case studies that will be used to cover the above themes and stages.

Lecturing Material

  • A compendium of selected and reviewed online material.
  • Key research articles related to the topic.
  • Powerpoint presentations 


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