Urban Square Adaptation: Detention

As extreme weather events intensify and exacerbate flooding in urban areas, multipurpose urban squares can be used to detain stormwater during peak flow in a developed catchment. In this sense the Enghaveparken public park in Copenhagen adapts to dry – wet conditions and is capable to store 24,000 cubic meters of water before discharging at a controlled rate to the surrounding stormwater infrastructure.

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Flood Management: MegaStructure vs EcoDesign

In the evolving discussion between water management practices there are always two poles: the conventional engineering solutions and the emerging landscape infrastructure solutions. The conventional practices of stormwater conveyance are typically termed “end of pipe solutions” because they emphasize the need to transport large volumes of water away from flood prone areas as quickly as possible. This approach is nothing less than an afterthought of the development model that is in place. Managing water in this way perpetuates and exacerbate the existing issues that urban areas face. The question to pose here is: should we promote end of pipe solutions in places where ecological alternatives can be successfully implemented?

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Saving U.S. Water Systems Would Be Costly

“Saving U.S. Water and Sewer Systems Would Be Costly? Such questions are becoming common across the nation as water and sewer systems break down. Today, a significant water line bursts on average every two minutes somewhere in the country, according to a New York Times analysis of Environmental Protection Agency data. In Washington alone there is a pipe break every day, on average, and intense rains overwhelm the city’s system, causing untreated sewage to flow into the Potomac and Anacostia Rivers.” New York Times Article| By CHARLES DUHIGG | Published: March 14, 2010

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The Transformative Scope

Water infrastructure is integrally connected not only with municipal governance but also with geo-political dominance. Heavy water infrastructures like dams, waterways and aqueducts, represent the most basic examples (fundamental building blocks) of today’s technological landscapes. The new tranformative scope begins by understanding that when urbanity began to control water it also began to destroy ecosystems.  It is time for a new urban hydrological paradigm.