Landscape Institute and Studio Engleback win SWIG Awards

Landscape Institute and Studio Engleback win SWIG Awards

The animation explains the concept of Water Sensitive Design (WSUD) and argues the case for designing with water when planning any new development.  Focusing on the personal as well as professional approach to managing and designing with water the animation has been viewed more than 6,000 times since it was released on 26 July 2013.

Speaking about the SWIG Award, Sue Illman, president of the Landscape Institute, said: ‘Water is going to be a major problem for towns and cities in the future.  The film explains brilliantly, in less than five minutes, how designing “with” water can allow it to be integrated creatively and maximise its potential for sustainable use whilst protecting the population from shortages and flooding.’

The film graphics were created by AECOM design studio and the animation made by Room 60.

Another winner of a SWIG Award was Studio Engleback which won the new domestic category for its work at The Triangle in Swindon, the first development by Kevin McCloud’s housing company HAB.

The practice explained in its submission: ‘Water was a driver for the deceptively simple plan. Roof water is harvested in private gardens for reuse in the houses, and overflows the communal tanks in two kitchen gardens accessed by hand pumps to irrigate vegetables and fruits. Porous surfaces are maximised to reduce flows to sewers and retain on site moisture during drought for evaporative cooling. A wide dished channel on the surface within the adopted road width conveys surface water and eliminated the need for any drainage pipes under the carriageway… It issues to a bioswale on two sides of the central triangular green. The base of the swale is planted with white willows and damp meadow species for biodiversity, water cleansing, air improvement, urban thermal regulation, and aesthetic amenity – making reference to the landscape signature of this clay lowland. It is a place for playing in, with stepping and balancing logs and bridges, and it forms a barrier for cars that might be tempted to park on the green. Water filtered by vegetation is conveyed to storm crates under the green, a hand pump linked to a rill carved in a tree trunk allows kids to play with water. Finally, any excess water from the storm crates can be stored in oversized storm drains under the road, a requirement of Thames Water. Despite the wettest summer on record, this system, conceived to hold onto water where the rain drop fell, worked well.’

The Sustainable Water Industry Group (SWIG) Awards recognise extraordinary projects promoting sustainable water use.  The winners were announced on Wednesday 20th November 2013. The Water Sensitive Urban Design animation was named joint winner in the Communications category alongside Nickelodeon’s Gabi camel animation, which was aimed exclusively at consumers.

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