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In Time with Water: Design Studies of Three Australian Cities

  • Kathleen Syme Library and Community Centre 251 Faraday St, Carlton Melbourne, SA, 3053 Australia (map)

How can design processes assist in understanding the underlying and hybrid nature of water systems in our urban environments so that we can better prepare for the densification of cities and the impacts of climate change? In Time with Water: Design Studies of 3 Australian Cities captures propositions and speculations around this question through design studies undertaken in three Australian cities: Melbourne’s low-lying swampy areas, Brisbane’s flooding river valley and Perth’s deep groundwater network. Each of these cities has its own set of challenges around water, based on their particular natural environmental conditions and the radical modifications over 200 years that have fundamentally changed the way that water moves. The design responses in this book contribute to such an aim by understanding the past, present and possible future conditions of local sites, and using this knowledge to create multi-purposed, alternative design scenarios towards a water sensitive city. A panel of contributing writers will discuss their particular cities and the implications of this work for planning the city. 

This event includes the Melbourne launch of In Time with Water: Design Studies of 3 Australian Cities edited by Nigel Bertram and Catherine Murphy, UWA Publishing.

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Professor Nigel Bertram, Monash University and NMBW Architecture

Dr. Anna Hurlimann, The University of Melbourne 

Catherine Murphy, Monash University 

Daniel Jan Martin, The University of Western Australia

Dr. Briony Rogers, Monash University (moderator) 



Nigel Bertram is Director of NMBW Architecture Studio in Melbourne and Practice Professor of Architecture at Monash University, where he leads research projects seeking new relationships between natural and human- made urban systems, and testing processes for suburban regeneration 

Daniel Jan Martin is a designer, urbanist and researcher. He studies urban ecology and hydrology in relationship to architecture and urban design. He is based in the School of Design at The University of Western Australia and works within the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities. His current research is exploring strategies for coordinating infill housing with ecological repair.

Anna Hurlimann is a Senior Lecturer in Urban Planning at the University of Melbourne. Her teaching and research activities focus on issues of environmentally sustainable cities, and she has a particular research interest in the sustainable management of water resources. 

Catherine Murphy is a Senior Lecturer in Urban Planning and Design Program in the Department of Architecture at Monash University. She undertakes research into integrated design and planning strategies that could address future water conditions in towns and cities. 


Briony Rogers is Chief Research Officer and Project Leader for the Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities, as well as a teaching and research academic with Monash University’s School of Social Sciences. She leads social and interdisciplinary research on transitions in water management and climate resilience.

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