The water sensitive future of Lahijan. Public spaces as integrated components of stormwater management infrastructure

Mirsafa, Masoumeh (2017) The water sensitive future of Lahijan. Public spaces as integrated components of stormwater management infrastructure. TeMA Journal of Land Use, Mobility and Environment, 10 (1/2017). pp. 25-40. ISSN 1970-9870

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The emergence of the modern urban water system in Iran, albeit facilitated access to clean water and accelerated discharge of waste- and stormwater, it left some negative imprints on country’s urban and natural environment. Among which larger stress on natural water cycles and pollution of water resources are of great importance. More importantly, such impacts are occurring when cities are going through a changing climate, and are facing higher risks of water shortages and flooded urban surfaces in warm and wet seasons, respectively. The present research is built upon a case study conducted in Lahijan, a small city in northern Iran. Bridging between traditional urban design principles and water management practices, the study aims to find ways to connect place making with urban water infrastructure design in order to reintegrate water into the design of public spaces to create visually pleasant, environmentally sustainable and yet resilient contemporary urban forms. The analysis of the water-state of the traditional city reveals that stormwater has been an integrated into the design of Lahijan’s public spaces for centuries, and that the blue and green surfaces were the key components in constructing the porous landscape of Lahijan. As an endeavour to build new techniques upon the old traditions, the paper concludes that after a long period of absence of water in urban settings, water must be reintegrated in the design of public spaces. Accordingly, urban spaces of the future water sensitive Lahijan through various storage, conveyance, infiltration, and evaporation capacities shape the distributed on-site stormwater management infrastructure of the city which can adapt to the impacts of a changing environment while addressing the problems of water scarcity, floods, and pollution.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Urban water infrastructure, Public space, Stormwater, Lahijan, Iran
Subjects: 700 Arti, Belle arti e Arti decorative > 710 Urbanistica e paesistica > 711 Urbanistica (Pianificazione territoriale) (Classificare le opere d'insieme su Urbanistica e Architettura in 720; classificare le opere interdisciplinari sull'Urbanistica in 307.12) > 711.6 Elementi strutturali (adattamento al luogo e all’uso) (Classificare qui le opere d’insieme sugli specifici elementi)
Depositing User: Rosa Anna La Rocca
Date Deposited: 09 May 2017 07:45
Last Modified: 09 May 2017 07:45

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