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In Time with Water: Design Studies of 3 Australian Cities asks how can design processes help us understand 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 impact of climate change. It responds to this important 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.

Past schemes (dams, drains, canals, sewers, reservoirs, lakes, aqueducts) that radically altered the way water moves in cities must give way to new schemes where urban environments can adapt to the unpredictability of water through its extremes of dry and wet conditions.

The design responses in this book contribute to this ambition 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.

In Time with Water: Design Studies of 3 Australian Cities arises from work completed in the CRCWSC’s Tranche 1 (Project D1.5). It is a collaborative work, with contributions from Nigel Bertram, Paola Leardini, Geoffrey London, Daniel Jan Martin, Antony Moulis, Catherine Murphy, Shane Murray, Kaan Ozgun and Diego Ramirez-Lovering. 

You can read a book extract and order In Time with Water: Design Studies of 3 Australian Cities here:

Panel discussion with Nigel Bertram (Monash University), , Paola Leardini (The University of Queensland), Piet Filet (Convenor Flood CoP), Marguerite Renouf (The University of Queensland)) and moderator Antony Moulis (The University of Queensland)

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