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26 May 2016

Episode 241

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We’re all hydrated and ready to go. This week we look at water-sensitive urban design, unpack our relationship with the ocean, discover the joys of cycling by the river and examine the devastating effects that water can have.

26 May 2016

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Timothy Beatley: Blue urbanism

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When we think about water in our cities and how to manage it, we often overlook our oceans. And despite the fact that we live in an increasingly urban planet, cities and oceans seem to be profoundly disconnected. We look at how to connect residents with all things maritime.

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Cycling by the Thames

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You don’t need to get wet to enjoy the water in your city: plenty of joy can come from just being near it. Cycling by the river has become an increasingly popular activity in London. Tom Bogdanowicz, author of ‘The London Cycling Guide’, tells us more about the benefits of cycling near water.

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The devastating effects of water

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Water can have devastating effects on cities. Three years ago New York was hit by Hurricane Sandy, which caused damage across its boroughs. But an innovative competition called Rebuild By Design was launched soon after and called on top designers for solutions to prepare the city for storms to come. We sent Megan Billings to meet its director Amy Chester and find out where the winning projects are today.

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Professor Tony Wong and water-sensitive urban design

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The Water Sensitive Cities is a million-dollar research centre that focuses on sustainable water management and water-sensitive urban design. With four research hubs across Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Singapore, it works with practitioners, policy makers and regulators to create water-sensitive cities. We meet professor Tony Wong to find out what that means.

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