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1st Edition

Public Spaces for Water
A Design Notebook

ISBN 9780429020421
Published December 6, 2019 by CRC Press
166 Pages

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Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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

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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.