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Integrated Community Planning

FLASHBACK TO 2009: “The Fused Grid combines the geometries of inner city grids and of the conventional suburbs.” stated Fanis Grammenos


The fused grid network pattern recently passed another test with top marks – the traffic safety test. Planers using it for its rainwater management advantages can now be confident that it will also enhance safety. “The city plan is organized in repeatable wards, with a square in the centre, which is visible to half of the homes in each ward”, explained Fanis Grammenos, “The square is protected from heavy traffic since through streets are located at the boundaries of the ward, leaving the centre relatively calm for casual strollers.”

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Liuzhou Forest City Master Plan Breaks Ground in China


“Commissioned by the Liuzhou Municipality Urban Planning department, the city will host some 30,000 residents and feature the hallmarks of a typical city, such as offices, houses, hotels, hospitals and schools. These buildings will draw on geothermal energy and rooftop solar panel for their power needs,” wrote Nick Lavars. “Construction is currently underway, with the Liuzhou Forest City expected to be completed by 2020.”

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100 RESILIENT CITIES: What Would an Entirely Flood-proof City Look Like? – Sophie Knight profiles leaders who are ‘designing with nature’ to lead the way to a water-resilient future (September 2017)


“Along with the explosion of the motorcar in the early 20th century came paved surfaces. Rainwater – instead of being sucked up by plants, evaporating, or filtering through the ground back to rivers and lakes – was suddenly forced to slide over pavements and roads into drains, pipes and sewers," wrote Sophie Knight. "As the recent floods from Bangladesh to Texas show, it’s not just the unprecedented magnitude of storms that can cause disaster: it’s urbanisation."

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FLASHBACK TO 2010: “The way we see the world is shaped by our vocabulary,” observed Metro Vancouver’s Robert Hicks when commenting on ‘what is an appropriate term to use’ for different uses of water in different languages


“Other languages like French and German often use more exact terms than English for 'stormwater' and 'wastewater', and this changes how relationships and worth are perceived,” states Robert Hicks. “The reason why other languages use more exact terms relates to the structural nature of those languages.

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“The Clean & Green Infrastructure Plan is a ‘Stormwater Overlay’ to guide our future,” stated Pittsburgh Mayor Peduto


“Going ‘Green First’ means we can meet our regulatory requirements while also reducing local flooding, decreasing basement backups, improving the resiliency of our communities to disaster during extreme weather events, and enhance economic development in the City,” stated Mayor Bill Peduto. “The draft plan proposes to manage runoff from 1,835 acres with green infrastructure over the next twenty years.”

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GREEN+BLUE INFRASTRUCTURE: “Every author has emphasized how intertwined the social and economic dimensions of our ‘watershed assets’ are with their ecological benefits,” wrote Julie Schooling, Sitelines magazine co-editor (Oct 2016 issue)


A Blue-Green City aims to recreate a naturally oriented water cycle while contributing to the amenity of the city by bringing water management and green infrastructure together. As co-editor of the October 2016 issue of Sitelines magazine, Julie Schooling was responsible for developing the storyline and overseeing story development. “It was so exciting to have such a diverse and relevant group of contributors for this issue,” she said.

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‘The Well-Tempered City’: An Epic Book, and Why


“I love epic stories with universal meaning for varied audiences around the world. In sum, that is why I think Jonathan F.P. Rose‘s new book will become a must-read classic. And, if 400-pagers are not your style, it’s at worst a well-written, must-browse wonder, with relevant lessons for us all,” wrote Chuck Wolfe in a book review. “Even those who prefer the short length of a tweet should immerse themselves in Rose’s ideas.”

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“Green City, Clean Waters” – water champion Howard Neukrug fundamentally changed Philadelphia’s relationship with nature


“Changing the world—or even one small piece of it—requires a lot of trial and error. We divide the city into communities, needs, types, gradients, opportunities, public, private and quasi-government,” stated Howard Neukrug. “We do this because although it is mainly the land’s use and management that determines the nature and quality of all our city’s water, a water utility has little to no control over that land.”

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“Water is going to be the trigger for better land-use planning, so they go hand-in-hand,” says 2016 Land Champion award-winner


“The sophistication of our land use and water use conversation is much higher in BC than in most other provinces. On a tiny, tiny little piece of BC, about two per cent, over 80 per cent of the people live and we grow over 80 per cent of our farm-gate receipts. That is such a high potential for conflict. The wonderful thing is that this also spurs the potential for doing things in new and very innovative ways,” stated Deborah Curran.

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FLASHBACK TO 2011: “Rainwater Management in a Watershed Context – What’s the Goal?” published as the conclusion to a green infrastructure series by Stormwater Magazine


“This article makes important comparisons between stormwater management in the US and Canada. Although both are moving toward greater use of green infrastructure, the differences in approach are significant…. and practitioners in the US can learn a great deal from BC’s approach,” stated Janice Kaspersen.

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