The key to reconcile ecology and urbanism is to address how the ‘urban’ and the ‘hydro’ interact. Yet, it is clear that there are countless obstacles to make tropical cities more livable. To begin, we must acknowledge that these cities will experience some of the most adverse impacts of climate change.
Traditional water and wastewater systems are built using pipe infrastructure: one pipe for the supply of clean water, and another pipe for transporting wastewater. Sometimes these infrastructures are combined, i.e. combined sewers, increasing the downstream costs of treatment due to higher volumes of water, and also producing a plethora of issues during storm events as rain water overhauls the system and overflows onto streets.
At Urban Hydrologics we believe that future developments in urban design and planning will adopt decentralized solutions — that new development schemes will increasingly attempt to achieve self sustaining supplies of fresh water. This will be achieved through extensive treatment and recycling of used water. With the increasing trend towards urbanization, managing surface water runoff in urban areas is one of the most fundamental criteria of city making in the 21st century.
At Urban Hydrologics we sustain that Watershed Based Planning is the most important variable in the design of our cities in the 21st Century and that the key to achieve true ecological urbanism is to improve how the urban and the hydro interact — i.e. placing more emphasis on the blue than on the green.
Urban Hydro-Logics is a resource blog that focuses on the intersection between water, urbanism and design. On one hand it is a database that organizes technical solutions for dealing with water issues in diverse contexts. And on the other it is a blog that showcases design ideas and visionary projects that promote BMPs (best management practices) for storm and surface water management, water sensitive urban design proposals, landscape infrastructures and other sustainable hydro-logical strategies.