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Johansson, Julia, 2019. Water plazas as innovative approaches for managing urban stormwater : a design proposal for Södervärnsplan, Malmö. Second cycle, A2E. Alnarp: SLU, Dept. of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management (from 130101)



Urbanisation in combination with a changing climate put high pressure on future cities to deliver sustainable, liveable and attractive urban places. Traditionally, many green and blue spaces in cities have been removed and replaced with impervious pavements or buildings in order to manage the need for densification. This have resulted in an affected hydrological cycle that no longer operate in urban areas the same way as it does in natural conditions. When precipitation is increasing and extreme rainfalls occurs more frequently, the hardscaped cities cannot manage the amount of water and urban flooding is a fact. This leads to an urging need for climate adaptation and modernisation of the conventional way to manage stormwater. One way of managing stormwater in a more sustainable way is the concept of Water plazas. Basically, it is a plaza that will be dry and available for people to enjoy most time of the year but which after a heavy cloudburst temporarily can store rainwater. In this way flooding of surrounded buildings and infrastructure may be prevented.

The objective of this research has been to investigate the concept of water plazas and sustainable stormwater management in urban places. To do this a literature review was conducted and the existing water plazas of Benthemplein in Rotterdam and Tåsinge Plads in Copenhagen was visited and analyzed. The outcome was then implemented in a conceptual design proposal for a climate adaptive, resilient water plaza at Södervärnsplan in Malmö.

Main title:Water plazas as innovative approaches for managing urban stormwater
Subtitle:a design proposal for Södervärnsplan, Malmö
Authors:Johansson, Julia
Supervisor:Andreasson, Frida
Examiner:Randrup, Thomas and Dahl, Caroline
Volume/Sequential designation:UNSPECIFIED
Year of Publication:2019
Level and depth descriptor:Second cycle, A2E
Student's programme affiliation:LM006 Landscape Architecture 120 HEC
Supervising department:(LTJ, LTV) > Dept. of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management (from 130101)
Keywords:bioretention systems, green-blue infrastructure, landscape architecture, SUDS, sustainable stormwater management, urban drainage, water plazas
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Subject. Use of subject categories until 2023-04-30.:Landscape architecture
Deposited On:08 Mar 2019 14:33
Metadata Last Modified:02 Jun 2020 13:57

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