27 March, 09.30-10.30
Planning for Urban Flood Resilience through Blue, Green and Grey Glasses
This presentation will introduce urban flood resilience in the wider context of resilience across the water cycle and how it fits into the way we should look at planning in cities under changing climatic extremes. This will be based on research findings from latest pilot cities being studied as part of the City Water Resilience Framework. It will explore the importance of thinking through blue, green and grey infrastructure and its role in urban flood management at the planning stage solutions and how scale can influence how these are implemented.
Three examples of best practice in urban flood management from around the world will be shared. One city where extreme flooding has been managed through large scale grey infrastructure and increasingly through blue-green infrastructure as part of a planning process. A second, where an innovative challenge to a conventional flood defence solution at the planning stage has preserved the citizen connection with the river. It is also far more in-tune with nature, allowing full flows through the channel under extreme flood conditions. A third city where consideration is being given through planning to green infrastructure to soak up stormwater and ‘make space for water’ through blue corridors where flood resilience is being designed into buildings and infrastructure.
Full combined conference programme here.