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How Rainwater Can Transform Cities: An Evaluation of Success Factors for Urban Rainwater Harvesting Projects in Europe
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Urban Planning and Environment, Urban and Regional Studies.
2019 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Regnvatten som resurs : En litteraturstudie om framgångsfaktorer för lokalt omhändertagande av dagvatten i Europa (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

Changing weather patterns challenge societies globally and at multiple levels related to amongst others health, the environment, disaster management and mitigation. There is a need for greater flexibility and resilience, which in turn can be enabled through a transition towards increased sustainability in governance and infrastructure. Urban rainwater harvesting (URWH) is a term used in this paper to collect various approaches to the sustainable handling of rainwater in cities, a practice becoming increasingly common in some areas of the world. Global experiences can be useful learning opportunities in the planning, implementation and maintenance of sustainable urban rainwater harvesting in future smart cities. The aim of this thesis was to synthesize the factors of success of previous projects, in order to develop a framework tailored to the evaluation of projects concerned with rainwater harvesting. The review spans over 18 projects of different scale and design. The findings of the study show that successful URWH projects are: (1) found as part of urban renewal schemes; (2) successfully implemented by involved actors with open mindsets and flexible and collaborative working approaches; (3) maintained based on plans determined from the onset of the project, developed together with local actors, in order to involve the community and strengthen social inclusion. The revised evaluative framework, which is proposed as a result of the review, indicates general trends of success among the reviewed cases. To be fully operational, the framework should be further developed with additional URWH projects and revised thereafter.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2019.
Series
TRITA-ABE-MBT ; 19482
Keywords [en]
Climate Change Adaptation, Multifunctional Systems, Rainwater Harvesting, Urban Sustainability Transitions
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Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-254601OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-254601DiVA, id: diva2:1334038
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Urban and Regional Planning
Educational program
Degree of Master - Environmental Engineering and Sustainable Infrastructure
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2019-06-03, 00:00 (English)
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Available from: 2019-07-08 Created: 2019-07-02 Last updated: 2019-07-08Bibliographically approved

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