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Detention, density, design - Rotterdam's water squares part 1

Detention, density, design - Rotterdam's water squares part 1

Hi there!

At its best, water sensitive urban design delivers quality urban environments that deliver multiple benefits. A cracking example of this are the water squares in Rotterdam. Water squares integrate flood detention with usable public open space in highly constrained civil areas. 

Recently, we caught up with Floris Boogaard to visit two water squares. 

In this episode, we visit a small water square in the suburbs of Rotterdam. What's more, we got lucky. We got rain. We saw the system working!

Keep an eye out for the next episode, where we take a look at a much larger site in a high density urban area..

Cheers

Jack

When nature started teaching

When nature started teaching

Hi everyone,

In this episode we visit an old detention basin. The first time I visited it was about five years ago, and it (amongst a few other things) was that start of me thinking about how we can mimic natural ecosystems in WSUD to make those systems more sustainable and easier to maintain.

Cheers

Jack

Combined bioretention and detention

Combined bioretention and detention

Hi there detained readers,

Bioretention can be combined with flood detention. From an aesthetic point of view it often goes horribly wrong. Not always though. The bioretention often gets the blame. That’s rarely accurate. So it plays its part, but as this video will show, combining bioretention and detention can certainly work so long as we get a few things right.

Today we will show you three combined bioretention and flood detention systems. The first is really decent, in spite of its design. The second is atrocious. The third is lovely and I think will continue to improve over the years.

Which of the three options do you think is working best?

Cheers

Jack