Urban

Hoofdthemas

Oosteroever

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City: Ostend (BE)Realisation: 2020
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The urban drainage system in the city of Ostend will be made visible as if it were a river through Landscape Led Design. Water will be kept on site as much as possible instead of moving water from point A to B to prevent flooding. The drainage system will be modified so that it functions as a “City River” that can compensate flooding with an emergency response system such as monitored valves.

The system will be linked to surface storage areas for water that will be developed to mitigate the effects of heavy rainfall. This monitoring system and identification of the landscape specifics should result in calculation methods applicable to a broad target group.

Because of the sandy ground of the pilot area, rainfall water will be infiltrated as much as possible and will avoid salinization of the groundwater. This will prevent water discharge in the dock area and limits the possibility of flooding. It also contributes to a better balance in fresh and salt water.

Because of the pilot's visibility the physical measures are not just improving the climate change resilience of the urban area, but also boosting the awareness of the local population concerning themes such as landscape led design, water management and their relation with climate change.

Carden Avenue

ContextProject
City: Brighton – UKRealisation: 2020
Area (m3):Area: urban
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Norton Road

ContextProject
City: Brighton – UK  Realisation: 2020
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The pilots in Brighton & Hove will experiment with Landscape-Led Design solutions to retrofit traditional urban coastal water management systems. The pilots will focus on innovative water management techniques for increasing the capacity of existing, traditional urban drainage systems to cope with extreme rainfall.

Brighton & Hove will develop and test via modelling and/or on-site trials that allow water to infiltrate and be stored in the catchment with the aim to mimic natural drainage as opposed to traditional piped approach which have proved to be inadequate to deal with increasingly intense rainstorm events. These will include identifying ways of raising awareness of local communities of water management issues and identifying ways in which to engage these in the response to the challenges posed by these events.