Water will be an important focus for LI in 2013
It is one of the areas that president Sue Illman identified as the focus of her presidency when she took over in July last year. At the start of this year she re-emphasised its importance, saying: ‘The management of water, both as an essential resource and to prevent flooding is a fundamental part of sustainable design. Unless the profession wakes up to this opportunity it will miss its chance to play a leading role in delivering better water management through integrated design.’
The Landscape Institute wants to demonstrate how landscape architects can help find solutions to this very costly and at times life-threatening problem. It is therefore working with partners on two water-related projects:
- Water Sensitive Urban Design: A scoping study to develop a vision for WSUD, drawing on a range of national and international case studies and a business case for delivery of WSUD in the UK. Led by CIRIA and to be endorsed by the LI, this report will be published shortly.
- Integrating Soft SuDS (and GI) within Urban Environments (ISSUE): Technical guidance on how to marry SuDS/GI with traditional public-realm infrastructure from design and planning through to detailed design and whole life costs will be published this spring. Sue Illman is leading this work in partnership with ICE, CIHT, EA and Red Rose Forest.
In addition, the LI wants to encourage members to respond to a Defra consultation on developing a strategy for the management of urban diffuse water pollution in England that will be developed in 2013. The consultation document can be found here. The deadline for responses is 8 February 2013.