Austria, Vienna

Urban Living with Water

when 17 July 2017 - 28 July 2017
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 6 ECTS
fee EUR 600

The course will address basic principles of stormwater management approaches in urban areas, such as Low Impact Development (LID), Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS), Sustainable Urban Drainage Schemes (SUDS), Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD), etc. Course focus will be on low-rise high density housing (LRHD) areas opportunities and limitations for stormwater management approaches implementation. As addition to basic principles and criteria for urban planning and design of LRHD areas, environmental, sanitation and climate aspects for stormwater elements and measures will be included and shown. You will visit a number of exemplar Vienna locations, and you will be a part of multidisciplinary team that will work on the design project at selected location in Vienna. In the project work you are expected to recognize and demonstrate potential, possibilities and limitations of rainwater harvesting as a part of stormwater management approach in urban design treatment of open spaces in selected LRHD area. Course goal is to establish mutual understanding and joint framework for all involved disciplines in the stormwater management for the purpose of quality of life improvement.

Course leader

Dr. Borislava Blagojevic / Prof. Dr. Ljiljana Vasilevska - University of Nis

Target group

Students interested in hydraulic, environmental and sanitary engineering, urban planning, urban design, architecture, landscaping, and botanical engineering.

Course aim

Basic principles and approaches to stormwater management in urban areas–(LID, SuDS, SUDS, WSUD, etc…); • Link between stormwater management and urban planning and design, retrofitting and renewal; • Low-rise high density housing- Recommendations and key principles in the process of urban and architectural design, link with WSUD; • Low-rise high density housing- Recommendations and key principles in the process of urban and architectural design, link with WSUD; • Evaluating options for stormwater management in urban areas: Key physical characteristics, measures and application, Operational risks and design considerations including river training; • Low-rise high density housing- Role and treatment of the open spaces; • Open spaces in low-rise high density housing- possibilities of applying the WSUD concept; • Criteria for WSUD implementation with Best Management practice. Guest lectures: • The Danube in Vienna – Changes of a near-natural river landscape to an urban area of extensive development with multiple functions; • Stormwater management in Vienna with Austrian design standards • Low-rise high density housing in Vienna • Landscape design in view of stormwater management approaches in Vienna Field visits in Vienna: • Field visit to stormwater management examples • Field visit to LRHD area examples • Field visit to landscape examples • Field visit to LRHDH area case study Group project work: • Title: ”Analysis and application of storm water harvesting possibilities in selected LRHDH area”. • Main goals: - to improve the quality of open spaces by applying effective storm water harvesting principles, - to improve overall quality of life, - to reduce storm water flooding risk, and - to achieve economical benefits. • Research methods: Empirical method; Observation; Analysis; Scenario. • Content: 1. Analysis of area storm water harvesting capacity – spatial and functional potentials & limitations of open spaces; Preliminary storm water detention volume assessment (table or graphic form) 2. Identification of appropriate open space types, possible measures and solutions for each of them, illustrations (recommendations - in the form of tables ) 3. Conceptual urban design solution (in appropriate scale) • Group discussion. • Presentation and discussion of project work. • Rating of project work. You are expected to apply gained knowledge on link between hydraulic engineering and urban planning and design process, through improvement of the selected location. Selected teaching material and project works will be published after course completion. Publication name draft is ‘Urban living with water-2014’.

Credits info

Participants will receive a certificate of participation at the end of the summer school and all necessary documentation to validate the course at their home university.

Fee info

EUR 600: This is the reduced participation fee for students.


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