This presentation will introduce Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) in terms of being in-tune with natural processes across the water cycle. In simple terms WSUD is differentiated from traditional grey infrastructure by embracing solutions that take a greater account of water and vegetation, thus blue and green infrastructure. It will showcase innovative blue and green infrastructure interventions from around the world to illustrate the way in which they are used to create more liveable cities, providing a wide range of benefits through the retrofit of existing urban communities and the master-planning of new cities. Given the impacts of a changing climate in terms of shocks and stresses, the concept of water resilience for urban communities will also be introduced and the role of Water Sensitive Urban Design in this will be shared.
Mark currently leads the Global Water Business in Arup. He is on the Leadership Council of the UK Water Partnership and is a Board Director of the Water Industry Forum. He is an international authority on urban resilience and water. He is sponsor and lecturer for the Arup University - Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sloan Business School course on ‘Resilience of Urban Systems’. He is also the global lead for the City Water Resilience Framework developed with Rockefeller Foundation, World Bank and 100 Resilient Cities. Pilot Cities include Cape Town, Miami, Mexico, Amman and Hull.
He is a member of the Policy Group at the Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA). This comprises US State Dept, Dutch Govt, World Bank, UNFCCC, SIWI, WBCSD and IWA.