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Model – Low Impact Urban Design & Development

Posted in Models, Research, Visions by fedwards on December 6th, 2007

I recently attended a conference in New Zealand and while I was there met a person who works in Landcare Research with a focus on “Low Impact Urban Design & Development” (LIUDD). According to their website,, low impact and water-sensitive approaches to urban development have been evolving in New Zealand since the late 1990’s. LIUDD comprises design and development practises that utilise natural systems and low impact technologies. Key elements include working with nature, avoiding or minimising impervious surfaces, minimising earthworks in construction, utilising vegetation to assist in trapping sediment and pollutants.

The website has information about research, case studies, material from presentations and more. To learn more about LIUDD visit

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