Developing Criteria for Integrating Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) Technologies into the Site Planning Process

(2009 – 2010)
Riane Torres Santiago Nunes


The Brazilian Federal Agency for Support and Evaluation of Graduate Education (CAPES) in cooperation with the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ/COPPE/PPE) and Monash University have supported this exchange research program (2009-2010) for PhD candidate Riane T. S. Nunes (PhD timeframe 2007 – 2010). In the past year, she has developed a framework called BLUE Plan (Benchmarking for Liveable Urban Environments), which will contribute to the PREPARED FP7 project, as well as the Cities as Water Supply Catchments research project.

The general aim of this project is the determination of criteria for the integration of Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) technologies into the site planning process. Objectives include (i) identifying opportunities for WSUD implementation within different urban forms (in accordance with urban planning regulations) and (ii) creating algorithms for achieving the percentage of area available for fitting WSUD systems into diverse scales of urban landscapes. The BLUE Plan framework was applied to Metropolitan Melbourne and tested in the Doncaster Hill Activity Centre (Manningham City Council).

Project Supervisors: Prof Ana Deletic and Prof Tony Wong
PhD Supervisors (Brazil): Prof Marcos A. V. Freitas and Prof Jorge H. A. Prodanoff

Publications (link)

Links to PREPARED FP7 project:

Internal link:
DAnCE 4 Water Program – Dynamic Adaptation for eNabling City Evolution for water