1st Edition

Public Spaces for Water A Design Notebook

By Maria Matos Silva Copyright 2020
    168 Pages
    by CRC Press

    166 Pages
    by CRC Press

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    This illustrated notebook highlights the need for a change of paradigm in current flood management practices, one that acknowledges the wide-ranging and interdisciplinary benefits brought by public space design. Reassessing and improving established flood management methods, public spaces are faced with a new and enhanced role as mediators of flood adaptation able to integrate infrastructure and communities together in the management of flood water as an ultimate resource for urban resilience.

    The book specifically introduces a path towards a new perspective on flood adaptation through public space design, stressing the importance of local, bottom up, approaches. Deriving from a solution-directed investigation, which is particularly attentive to design, the book offers a wide range of systematized conceptual solutions of flood adaptation measures applicable in the design of public spaces.

    Through a commonly used vocabulary and simple technical notions, the book facilitates and accelerates the initial brainstorm phases of a public space project with flood adaptation capacities, enabling a direct application in contemporary practice. Furthermore, it offers a significant sample of real-case examples that may further assist the decision-making throughout design processes.

    Overall, the book envisions to challenge established professionals, such as engineers, architects or urban planners, to work and design with uncertainty in an era of an unprecedented climate.

    1 Public spaces for water


    1 Climate change adaptation through local, “bottom-up” initiatives
    2 The key role of public space in adaptation endeavors
    3 Potential advantages of applying flood adaptation measures in the design of public spaces
    3.1 Interdisciplinary design of public spaces
    3.2 Public spaces of multiple purposes
    3.3 Public space for public awareness and engagement
    3.4 Public space as an extensive physical structure and system
    3.5 Expose and share value through public space
    3.6 Public spaces as a means to diversify and monitor flood risk

    2 Categories and types of flood adaptation measures applicable in the design of public spaces


    1 Urban greenery
    1.1 Green walls

    2 Urban furniture
    2.1 Inverted umbrellas
    2.2 Art installations

    3 Rooftop detention
    3.1 Green roofs
    3.2 Blue roofs

    4 Reservoirs
    4.1 Artificial detention basins
    4.2 Water plazas
    4.3 Underground reservoirs
    4.4 Cisterns

    5 Bioretention
    5.1 Wet bioretention basins
    5.2 Dry bioretention basins
    5.3 Bioswales
    5.4 Bioretention planters
    5.5 Rain gardens
    5.6 Open cell pavement
    5.7 Interlocking pavement
    5.8 Porous pavement

    6 Infiltration techniques
    6.1 Infiltration trenches
    6.2 Green gutter

    7 Stream recovery
    7.1 Stream rehabilitation
    7.2 Stream restoration
    7.3 Daylighting streams

    8 Open drainage systems
    8.1 Street channels
    8.2 Extended channels
    8.3 Enlarged channels
    8.4 Check dams

    9 Floating structures
    9.1 Floating pathway
    9.2 Floating platform
    9.3 Floating island

    10 Wet-proof
    10.1 Submergible parks
    10.2 Submergible pathways

    11 Raised structures
    11.1 Cantilevered pathways
    11.2 Elevated promenade

    12 Coastal barriers
    12.1 Multifunctional defenses
    12.2 Breakwaters
    12.3 Embankments

    13 Floodwalls
    13.1 Sculptured walls
    13.2 Glass walls

    14 Barriers
    14.1 Demountable barrier

    15 Levees
    15.1 Gentle slope levees 63

    Flood adaptation categories and types of measures applicable in the design of public spaces

    3 Portfolio screening


    1 Caixa Forum square
    2 Expo Boulevard
    3 Jawaharlal Planetarium Park
    4 Dakpark
    5 Oliveiras rooftop garden
    6 Park Güell
    7 Parc Diagonal Mar
    8 Benthemplein square
    9 Escola Industrial
    10 Parque Oeste
    11 Parque da Cidade
    12 UMass Design Building
    13 Taasinge Square
    14 Can Caralleu
    15 Praça do Comércio
    16 Elmer Avenue
    17 Ribeira das Jardas
    18 Eixo Verde e Azul
    19 Cheonggyecheon river
    20 Banyoles old town
    21 Pier Head
    22 Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
    23 Kronsberg hillside avenues
    24 Yongning River Park
    25 Bèsos River Park
    26 Passeio Atlântico
    27 Elster millstream
    28 Barra do Douro North Jetty
    29 Sea Organ
    30 Blackpool seafront
    31 Wells Quayside
    32 Kampen waterfront
    33 Corktown Common

    4 Discussion


    Maria Matos Silva is Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture at Instituto Superior de Agronomia (ISA), University of Lisbon since September of 2018. She is a Research Associate of the Centro de Investigação em Arquitectura, Urbanismo e Design (CIAUD) at the Faculty of Architecture, University of Lisbon and of Centro de Ecologia Aplicada (CEABN) at ISA.
    She graduated in Landscape Architecture from ISA in in 2007, being recognized as the best graduated student in the final year. In 2010 she completed a master’s degree on Urban Design at Universitat de Barcelona, and in 2011 a PGDip in Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Lisbon. In 2016, Maria finalized a doctoral degree at Universitat de Barcelona with a full doctoral scholarship attributed by the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT), having obtained the Excellent "Cum Laude" classification. In 2019, Maria received the recognition of "Finalist" in the European Prize Manuel de Solà-Morales for her Doctoral dissertation.
    She has been involved in several R&D projects and has thus far published in various international journals and conferences. Her current academic interests focus on Landscape Architecture Design, specifically upon the subjects of urban floods and public space design.