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Codesigning blue infrastructure and water resources for healthier built environments

Rice, Louis

Authors

Louis Rice Louis.Rice@uwe.ac.uk
Associate Professor in Architecture



Abstract

Urban water management plays an important role as part of delivering healthy built and natural environments. With over half of the world population using poor or inappropriate sanitation, cities and buildings are a significant cause of contamination and pollution of water resources. Designing, building and retrofitting buildings to improve sanitation and water management can improve the health outcomes for millions of people whilst also reducing deleterious impacts on agriculture and the natural environment. Similarly, the wider built environment can also be part of a strategy for improving health and equality through more sustainable management of water infrastructures. Many indigenous and traditional approaches to urban water management have been downplayed over the previous few decades, yet these are often more effective than modern hard-engineering, technical approaches. However, with the additional stresses of climate change, population growth and urbanization, indigenous approaches alone may not suffice to meet the emerging demands on water. In response, there are many new, interdisciplinary and innovative technologies, systems and strategies being developed that are intended to be used in combination with traditional methods. Over-riding any technical ‘solutions’ to water scarcity must be consideration of human and cultural concerns. The founding principle of sustainable urban water management is to ensure the full participation of users. Participatory approaches such as codesign and coproduction should be adopted in order to ensure that blue infrastructure and water management systems are appropriate for the local communities. Effective design of water resources can deliver urban environments that are more equitable, improve sustainability, be cost-effective and facilitate conditions for enhancing human wellbeing.

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (unpublished)
Start Date Apr 25, 2019
Publication Date Apr 25, 2019
Peer Reviewed Not Peer Reviewed
APA6 Citation Rice, L. (2019, April). Codesigning blue infrastructure and water resources for healthier built environments. Paper presented at Water Resources: management and sustainability in Jordan from pre-history to the future
Keywords codesign, water resources, healthy cities, architecture, blue infrastructure
Additional Information Title of Conference or Conference Proceedings : Water Resources: management and sustainability in Jordan from pre-history to the future
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