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Nature-based solutions

Discussion paper

The zero carbon and circular economy challenge in the built environment: policy options for the European Union and its member states

This paper on the zero carbon and circular challenge in the built environment puts forward several policy recommendations. In order to achieve the net-zero carbon goal by 2050, adapting the built environment is paramount: the EU estimates that the climate change-related damage to infrastructure could...
Case study

Forest Park ecological wetland: case study

Urban parklands can be upgraded to be multifunctional water treatment and flood management assets. Built in 2001, the Kunshan Forest Park is a National Urban Wetland Park covering an area of 166 hectares in the northwest of Kunshan city in Jiangsu province, China. The Forest...
Case study

Kings Square raingardens

Application of water sensitive urban design strategies to provide retention, ltration, litter management and bio- retention outcomes, as well as improvements to local amenity. The Kings Square development in Perth’s central business district is part of Perth City Link – an urban renewal project including...
Case study

Sydney water bank naturalisation: case study

Naturalising the deteriorated sections of the concrete river banks along the Cooks River.
Conference paper

Are our coastal managment strategies inspired by nature-based solutions? A review of the Moolap development framework plan

With around 85% of Australia’s population living in coastal areas, rising sea levels and increasing storm surges will continue to have significant impacts on many of the continent’s coastal communities and landscapes. This presents great challenges to urban planners, urban designers and landscape architects responsible...
Conference paper

A new way of living with nature? Zones of friction and traction in Nangari Vineyard Estate, South West Sydney

Responding to concerns about adverse environmental impacts of amenity migration on the rural-urban fringe (Abrams et al., 2012), this paper poses the question: is the rural residential estate (RRE) a settlement space where humans can improve ways of living with nonhuman nature?