In Harm's Way - 1

In Harm's Way - 1

Urban Water and Resilient Cities

2 Formal CPD Points
Available On Demand March 2024


Climate change puts additional pressure on the already overburdened "urban water systems" in Australian cities. Extreme hydro-meteorological events become more intense and frequent and impact water quality, supply security and resource management. This module explores a topic from a holistic perspective, incorporating insights from environmental science, architecture, engineering landscape architecture and urban planning. The presentations and a discussion panel aim to enhance the understanding of 
1. Urban water metabolism evaluation plays a critical role in resilient and water sensitive urban design interventions.
2. Principles of innovative and water-sensitive design in Queensland context.
3. Strategies for sustainable water-sensitive design governance.     

Note: This is the first module of the formal CPD series "In Harm's Way".

Series of Formal CPDs: In Harm's Way

3 modules, 6 formal CPD Points in total.
All modules will be available on demand.

This series provides insight into the synergetic relationship between environmental science and resilient design. Three interrelated modules are focused on urban resilience, adaptation to climate change and strategic risk management considering urban water and water-sensitive design, tropical cyclones and extreme heat.  
Each module provides (1) a scientific explanation of exposure and risks associated with regional extreme weather events; (2) a discussion of the role of adaptive governance in increasing the resilience of the built environments and communities; (3) a critical evaluation of the resilient design principles in diverse urban contexts. 

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this course, participants should be able to:

  • Better understand the concept of Urban Metabolism in the context of urban water.
  • Explain how urban water metabolism evaluation, based on the water mass balance, can inform planning for water sensitive cities. 
  • Identify Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) strategies that help to restore water mass balance in cities. 
  • Identify environmental and socio-cultural benefits of revitalisation of urban creeks in the densely populated urban areas. 
  • Comprehend the role of Sponge Cities' principles in adaptation to climate change, resilience to flood, extreme heat events, and improving biodiversity. 
  • Evaluate the benefits of the Grey, Blue and Green infrastructure integration for adaptation to climate change, resilience to flood, extreme heat events, and improving biodiversity.
  • Identify and select innovative design and water management strategies on different spatial scales.
  • Understand the role of digital technologies in generating nature-based water sensitive design solutions. 
  • Evaluate and advocate for the benefits of water sensitive design to the individual landowners, neighborhood, and local areas. 

NSCA 2015 Performance Criteria

This course will deliver outcomes related to the following Competencies from the 2015 National Standard of Competency for Architects:

Identification of factors that may impact on client project requirements and objectives. 
Identification, analysis and integration of information relevant siting of project. 
3.2 Application of creative imagination, aesthetic judgement and critical valuation in formulating design options.

Design response incorporates assessment of the physical location and relevant wider regional, contextual and environmental issues.
3.5 Exploration an application of ordering, sequencing and modeling of three-dimensional form and spatial content. 
4.2 Evaluation of design options against values of physical, environmental and cultural contexts.
4.4 Inclusion of expertise of relevant specialists and consultants in developing the project design. 


9.9 Provision of independent and objective advice through all phases of professional practice. 

NSCA 2021 Performance Criteria

This course will deliver outcomes related to the following Competencies from the 2021 National Standard of Competency for Architects:

PC 12 Provide independent, culturally responsive and objective advice in accordance with relevant building codes, standards, technical specifications and guidelines, and planning regulations, including climate change implications, across all aspects of architectural practice.

PC 18 Be able to apply creative imagination, design precedents, research, emergent knowledge and critical evaluation in formulating and refining conceptual design options, including the exploration of three dimensional forms and spatial quality.
PC 26 Be able to undertake site, cultural and contextual analysis as part of preliminary design research.
PC 28 Be able to draw on knowledge from building science and technology, environmental science and behavioural and social science as part of preliminary design research and when developing the conceptual design to optimise the performance of the project.
PC 30 Be able to explore options for sitting a project, including integration of information and analysis of relevant cultural, social and economic factors. 
PC 31 Be able to identify, analyse and integrate information relevant to environmental sustainability - such as energy and water consumption, resources depletion, waste, embodied carbon and carbon emissions - over the lifecycle of a project. 
PC 33 Be able to investigate, coordinate and integrate environmental systems - including water, thermal, lighting and acoustics - in response to consultants' advice.
PC 36 Be able to apply creative imagination, design precedents, emergent knowledge, critical evaluation and continued engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander Peoples to produce a coherent project design. This should be resolved in terms of supporting health and wellbeing outcomes for Country, site planning, formal composition, spatial planning and circulation as appropriate to the project brief and other factors affecting the project.  

Topic 1. Urban Metabolism: concept, application and use for urban design.  

In this insightful presentation, Prof. Steven Kenway outlines the main problems caused by climate change and related to urban water (and energy) resources). He explores concepts of Urban Metabolism and urban water metabolism evaluation based on the water mass balance. He demonstrates how Urban Water Management (UWM) evaluation can inform planning for water-sensitive cities and promote livability, resilience and integrated management of the city's resources.   


Steven is a water leader with senior experience in research, industry, and government developed through roles with The University of Queensland, CSIRO, Brisbane Water, Sydney Water, and private consulting. His work addresses urban water security, water-energy nexus, and circular economy. He creates collaborations, tools, models and knowledge to address all flows of water - and relevant energy - into, out and within cities. This enables evaluation and management of key concepts such as: (i) net zero carbon water cycle, (ii) hybrid, decentralised and integrated systems performance, and (iii) sustainable urban design and planning. 

Steven has led major long-term International and National projects for the Asian Development Bank, Water Research Foundation (USA), CRC Water Sensitive Cities, local industries and others. Steven is a regular keynote presenter at peak international forums including, the World Water Forum, World Water Congress, World Water Week and Singapore International Water Week. Steve's strong multi-disciplinary work spans environmental, chemical and civil engineering, natural resource management, urban planning and design. 

Topic 2 - Hanlon Park/ Bur'uda case study.

Alan Hoban presents a case study of Hanlon Park/Bur'uda Development. The project recently received the Award of Excellence in Parks and Open Space category, a Landscape Architecture Award in the Land Management category and a Climate Positive Design Award. It was also awarded the Stormwater Australia 2023 National Excellence Award for Integrated Stormwater Design. In this presentation, Alan shows how a formal concrete-lined channel was transformed in one of the best parks in Brisbane, Australia. Further, he reflects on strategies and practical solutions that (1) contributed to the resilience of the local area in terms of flood, extreme heat, and climate adaptation, (2) enhanced biodiversity and ecology, and (3) delivered valuable community amenities and accessible naturalised waterways in densely populated urban area.   


Alan is a civil and environmental engineer who has worked closely with government and industry to establish policy, planning framework and technical standards for better urban water management. His expertise includes, (1) integrated water management and Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD); (2) policy and planning advice; (3) waterway management; (4) flood and stormwater studies; (5) civil engineering, and climate change strategies. Most recently, Alan's work included Small Creek - an ambitious project to restore 1.6 km of concrete drain into a healthy functioning waterway; Watercycle planning for Western Sydney, Townsville and the Fraser Coast; The Yeppoon Foreshore masterplan; revitalising Noosa Northshore Campground; reviewing infrastructure standards for the Queensland State Government; water sensitive urban design for the Noosa Flexi Learning Centre, and leading a water and energy efficiency strategy for Morton Bay Regional Council. Alan received a number of awards including Queensland Professional Engineer of the Year, the Gilbert Vasey Award in Agricultural Engineering, the inaugural Sinclair Knight Merz Fellowship, The Tim Fairfax Scholarship, as well as awards for his public speaking writing and engineering design.     

Topic 3 - The Power of Nature. Rebalancing and restoring our relationship with nature.

In this presentation, Jaime Traspaderne shares his vision of how the implication of Sponge Cities can help cope with climate change's impacts and extreme flooding. Further, he explains the role of digital technologies, developed by ARUP in generating nature-based water sensitive solutions. Finally, Jaime presents two case studies, including (1) a holistic approach to shaping water management and restoring the ecology of Gold Coast City, and (2) the integration of Green, Blue and Grey infrastructure in Shanghai, one of the most effective Sponge Cities in the world. 


Jaime is a passionate urban designer who aims to create more resilient, liveable and nature-based urban environment. He is a RIBA registered architect and Urban Designer at ARUP. He is currently leading the Urban design and masterplanning team in Queensland. Jaime has significant experience leading visioning and masterplanning team on complex development projects. Jaime's work extends from Europe to the Middle East and Australia, working on projects such as the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qatar, the new capital for Indonesia and Brisbane Metro. Jaime is also a collaborator and guest lecturer at the Queensland University of Technology.  

Topic 4 - Go with the flow. 

Tim Benneton and Steve Clark meet at the site to discuss the challenges and benefits of strategic water management and the implication of Sponge Cities principles at a micro scale. Tim explains some integrated design solutions that effectively enhance this property's flood and drought resilience. Steve, an expert in water technologies and flooding, shares his experience in transforming an overflow pass into a climate-responsive garden and improving ecology beyond the property's boundaries.


Tim is an architect with 20 years of experience, primarily in housing and focusing on sustainable single-family houses. He holds an Honours Degree in Civil and Structural Engineering from the University of Melbourne, where he won the prize for Hydraulic Engineering, and a First-Class Honour Degree in Architecture from the Queensland University of Technology, where we won the Board of Architects prize throughout that time. Since 2007, Tim has been the sole Director of Tim Bennetton Architects, and his work has been honoured with awards from the Australian Institute of Architects for both design and sustainability. Before starting his practice, Tim worked with Gabriel Poole, one of Australia's great residential architects. Tim Bennetton Architects is based in West End, Meanjin (Brisbane). The team strives to create simple yet beautiful designs that integrate with the surrounding landscape and provide their clients with daily moments of joy.


Steve has 25 years of experience as a specialist in the water resources and coastal engineering fields, specialising in flood risk and flood risk management. He has an Honour Degree in Engineering and a Master of Engineering Science from the University of Queensland. Steve is one of the founding Directors of Water Technology PTY and was appointed Managing Director in July 2019. Steve has specialised in the provision of flood warning, waterway and floodplain and coastal risk management services, in addition to infrastructure investigation, particularly from a perspective of ongoing climate change processes. Frequently, these services have utilised advanced hydrodynamic modelling systems to characterise risk and vulnerability throughout Queensland, Australia, and the broader Asian/Pacific region. 
As part of the Australian Government's commitment to Disaster response through the Australian Civilian Corts, Steve completed a deployment to Samoa to assist in recovery and reconstruction (with an emphasis on flood and floodplain risk management to key infrastructure) following Tropical Cyclone Evan.

Topic 5 - A Panel Discussion. Water Sensitive Cities Governance 

This discussion is moderated by Dr Paul Matthew, UQ. The discussion panel aims to explore opportunities and constraints to effective and future-oriented management of urban water in South Eat Queensland from diverse professional perspectives. The following questions prompt the discussion,
What can the join forces of the Built Environment professional (architects, urban planners, engineers, and landscape architects) do to enhance resilience to floods and droughts in Southeast Queensland? 
How can local Governments promote and support a holistic approach to urban water management and resilience to extreme weather events causing floods and droughts?
How can cultural/social traditions support or oppose greywater recycling?   


Paul is currently teaching and researching at the University of Queensland School of Architecture. His research examines the whole lifecycle environmental impacts of multi-residential buildings in Southeast Queensland and what architects, planners and building owners can do to reduce these impacts. Paul teaches architectural technology to undergraduate students and supervises Master students' research on the environment and sustainability. Paul is a registered architect working on maintaining, retrofitting, and future planning for older multi-residential buildings.  


Lisa Moore is a practicing architect with 23 years of diverse experience in architecture and academia across Australia, including as Director of And Architecture since 2007. Her expertise includes procurement of diverse project types throughout diverse regions (urban, regional and coastal locations in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland). Recent studies in Urban and Regional Planning led Lisa to her new role in the emerging area of design governance as Senior Architect at Sunshine Coast Council. 


Edward has served as both Queensland Chapter President and National President of the Royal Australian Institute of Architects. His Brisbane-based practice has won numerous design awards, and he received the Centenary Medal for services to architecture in 2003. While in private practice, Edward designed the Beatrice Hutton award-winning resort Byron for Harvey Norman in 2003 and Cypress residential development next to the resort. In Brisbane, he led the team on the masterplan and concept design of the proposed River stage.
In 2014, he was appointed City Architect for the City of the Gold Coast. Currently, he is the General Director of Mode Haysom Architects in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Edward works on projects ranging from small-scale multi-residential development to a new town for 30,000 inhabitants outside of Hanoi.



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