In this episode we are joined by Simon Roberts from E2 Design Lab. Simon recently travelled to Copenhagen to participate in the Copenhagen Urban Lab. The event brought together six professionals of different disciplines for a week long intensive looking into a water challenge in Copenhagen. We talk with Simon about his experience during the week.
The way stormwater treatment systems develop as ecosystems over time is a constant fascination to us (and hence a regular topic on Ideanthro!). In today's episode we visit the Wakerley bioretention system (asset ID #B00028 on The WSUD Map). It is large. It has three cells. New species are popping up in all of them; but more so in one of the cells than the others. We wondered why?
Back in episode 164 we spoke about a challenge. The challenge of translating bioretention condition data into a coherent (and accurate!) picture of functionality. After a discussion with Carl Tippler a couple of months ago, we have an idea.
We can't seem to keep away from this concept of 'doing more with less'. In this episode, thanks to something that Dale Browne at E2DesignLab said to me, we remind ourselves that there is more to this than simply doing more with less. There is another possibility.
This episode is inspired by one of Alan Hoban's presentations at the 2017 IECA and Stormwater Queensland Conference. Alan delved into research that shows that raingardens 'loose' far more water than MUSIC (yep, that tool used so regularly in Australia) predicts. In this episode we explain why this is a potential game changer for how we think about how raingardens work.
You've heard us talk about weed management in stormwater systems before on Ideanthro. Herbicide over spray can cause real problems, and we need a solution.
For a while now I have been curious about steam weed control and its potential. On this episode, Jeremy Winer from Weedtechnics joins us to discuss weed control using steam (or more specifically, exceptionally hot water). This is the first time I have seen this method of weed control first hand (if you ignore the 10 seconds of something...
On this episode I had the pleasure of sitting down to chat with Mark Liebman from The Sustainability Workshop. The more water and urban design people I meet, the I realise the broad array and skills and perspectives that we have at our disposal to bring to bare on the issue of how to make our cities water sensitive. Mark is no exception.
In this episode Mark shares with me his thoughts on why we should manage stormwater as a resource (rather than a waste), and how the planning system we may...
A well integrated raingarden inspires a conversation about cognitive biases in water sensitive urban design.
This episode is bought to you with the help of the Central West Councils Environment and Waterways Alliance.