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 changing valuation of water in the built environment and methods to improve ecological amenity and minimise net water use in buildings. By examining water sensitive strategies and technologies, 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.
Unit details and rules
|Architectural and Design Science
|Available to study abroad and exchange students