As cities expand and weather becomes more unstable, the need to design buildings and neighbourhoods that use less water has become ever more important. This unit examines the emerging problems with water usage in the built environment and how design can tackle them. It takes an interdisciplinary approach to water sensitive design, drawing on insights from landscape urbanism, climate science, building services and sustainable architecture. The unit explores the future drivers of water usage, green infrastructure, sustainable stormwater management, flood design practices for buildings, sanitation, water use monitoring, water demand reduction strategies and water recycling. Students will learn how to manage diverse stakeholder interests in water, how to apply innovative water management strategies at an urban scale, how to map and calculate water usage within a building and to select and design innovative water technologies to minimise net water usage. By examining strategies and technologies which aim to achieve net zero water use, students will be challenged to think beyond current approaches and apply their learning from this unit to demonstrate the way that design innovation can effectively address the challenge of water in the built environment.
case study (group assessment) (40%), individual assessment (60%)
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