ALL green areas – whether planted landscapes, wild areas, or a road verge with weeds – contribute to the urban ecosystem. They are vital to our well-being: green areas produce air for us to breathe, they filter pollution, absorb storm water and reduce flooding, purify water and maintain a pleasant temperature. Continue reading “The importance of gardens in urban ecosystems”
Mark’s presentation included 3 case studies of a range of projects. Continue reading “Presentation by Mark Saint Pôl: Water infrastructure as landscape”
Clinton Hinde’s presentation focused on three subjects in the MLA course that relate to landscape and ecology. He presented some of the work through the courses to highlight the ideas about how to design around water. Continue reading “Presentation by Clinton Hindes: Water in constructing ecologies”
“Bridging waters” was the first of a series of events to be held at UCT’s Future Water Research Institute, a transdisciplinary initiative that enables researchers to work collaboratively in water science, engineering and society, in order to think differently about water capture, use, handling, treatment and management. Water Sensitive Design is one of Future Water’s flagship projects. Continue reading “Bridging Waters event”
Early in January 2017 our Water Board instructed farmers in the lower Berg River Irrigation District to cut water consumption by 30% within 4 weeks or face the stop of release of water from the Berg River Dam. A big wake-up for us!