Vienna, Austria

Urban Living with Water

when 15 July 2019 - 26 July 2019
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 6 EC
fee EUR 800

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


- Urbanization effects on water cycle. Rural and urban catchments. Climate change.
- Contemporary stormwater management concept in urban environment. Basic principles
and approaches to stormwater management in urban areas (LID, SuDS, SUDS, WSUD,
- Link between stormwater management and urban planning and design, including
- 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 (green roof, raingarden, wet and dry swale,
trench, retention/detention ponds, porous pavement, landscape development).

Operational risks and design considerations;
- Low-rise high density housing- role and treatment of the open space;
- Open space in low-rise high density housing- possibilities of applying the WSUD approach;
- Criteria for WSUD implementation with Best Management practice.
Guest lectures:
- Stormwater management, drainage elements and products. Case studies, design
standards. ACO Company presentation.
- Landscape design in view of stormwater management approaches in Vienna.

Field visits in Vienna:

- Field visit to the recently constructed large urban area with stormwater management
- Field visit to several characteristic LRHDH area examples.
- Field visit to landscape development examples.
- Field visit to project work location.

Group project work:

- Title: Analysis and application of storm water harvesting possibilities in selected LRHDH
- 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.

- 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)
- Identification of appropriate open space types, possible measures and solutions for
each of them, illustrations (recommendations - in the form of tables )
- 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.

Please note: Since 2015 , DI(FH) Olivier Jantscher is standing member of examination
board for final course project work, in the capacity of external examiner.

Credits info

6 EC
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 800: This is the reduced participation fee for students.


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