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The Philosophy and Practice of Water Sensitive Urban Design – is it Consistent with a Whole System Approach

Renee Stephens, Cheryl Desha, Charlie Hargroves

This paper provides a critique of the Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) paradigm by discussing its congruence with an established sustainable design principle called 'whole system design'.  It was found that WSUD is congruent with the whole system design approach as a philosophy, but not in practice.  Future improvement of WSUD practice may depend on the adoption of a front-loaded, teamwork-based design and planning process that is embedded in the principle of whole system design.

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Keywords

water sensitive urban design, whole systems thinking, whole system design



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