Green-blue Infrastructure For Sustainable Cities: Innovative Socio-technical Solutions Bringing Multifunctional Value

T Kuzniecow Bacchin, R Ashley, G Blecken, M Viklander, B Gersonius

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The new vision for surface/stormwater drainage systems, which is becoming de rigueur, is to use blue-green infrastructure to deliver maximum benefits via modifying cities for the provision and control of water quantity, quality, amenity and biodiversity. Recently a new perspective has emerged to use nature in the context of performative infrastructure. The principles in achieving this new perspective are to use nature in cities at a range of scales to control the quantity; manage quality; provide water resources & prevent pollution and utilise the wider opportunities this brings to create and sustain better places for people and nature. The JPI URBAN EU 'Green/blue cities' project is developing new tools and techniques to ensure that multifunctional value is sought after and delivered by water related projects in the urban area. This requires the bringing together of urban design, planning and water sensitivity in a coherent approach that can be used by the main practitioners and decision makers. A framework to ensure this happens is presented and its' use in case study cities illustrated based on a flood resilience framework developed as part of the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities in Australia and using nature as performative infrastructure.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Low Impact Development Conference
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventInternational Low Impact Development Conference - Beijing, China
Duration: 26 Jun 201629 Jun 2016


ConferenceInternational Low Impact Development Conference


  • blue
  • green
  • multiple benefits
  • stormwater
  • water sensitivity


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