Yueyuan Courtyard Water Landscape

In the Yueyuan Courtyard, water is the leading design element that links two gardens (creek garden & lake garden), weaves open spaces and holds the adjacent buildings together. The design was inspired by a concept of “erosion” that allows a creek water feature to flow and carve the hardscape granite stone into artful patterns and forms. At the end of the creek, water flows into another reflecting pool that is the main feature in the lake garden.


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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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GreenWave Wins 2015 Fuller Challenge

Every year the Buckminster Fuller Institute hosts a challenge where groundbreaking, problem solving and visionary ideas can be celebrated. This year the Fuller Challenge announced that GreenWave, a nonprofit organization, is the recipient of the award for its magnificent ability to integrate innovation with restoration and for “transforming fishers into restorative ocean farmers and stewards of their local waters”.Urbanhydrologics_Greenwave_0a Continue reading

Liquifying Aquifer in Dry Futures

Dry Futures, An ideas competition seeking future-focused design responses to California’s drought, has announced winners and mentions. Liquifying Aquifer by Lujac Desautel, has been awarded 1st place in the Pragmatic category. The proposal asks: What if the Valley could have multiple drains placed around the city in contingent locations for maximum water replenishment back into the Aquifer?


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2015 Holcim Awards | Articulated Site: Water reservoirs as public park

A project for a public park in Medellín, Colombia that creates urban spaces around a series of water tanks to form a “socio-technical” landscape of magnificent beauty won the gold prize. The design opens up hidden infrastructure within the city to create a civic space at the intersection of architecture, landscape, infrastructure, and urban design. Urban_Hydrologics_reservoir_1 Continue reading