IWC Water Cycle diagram 1

Workshop Name

OPERATIONAL WATER SENSITIVE URBAN DESIGN: Developing small scale design proposal incorporating flood resilience and multiple benefits

The workshop was conducted as a part of the international workshop “Green designs for Integrated Urban Water Cycle Management – solutions for secondary cities in Global south to cope with climate change”, Can Tho City, Vietnam, 8 – 10 December, 2015.

Target Group

Junior and mid-career professionals in the fields of urban planning, architecture, urban drainage: planners, designers and engineers with a keen interest in the integration of urban water management into urban planning and design. Affiliations can be academic, public (i.e. municipality) or private design/consultancy firms.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the workshop, the participants will be able to:

–         Apply the 4-point approach for climate adaptation

–         Identify opportunities for integrating (multiple) climate adaptation measures with additional requirements (e.g. liveability)

–         Adapt common design principles to accommodate ‘day-to-day’-events, design events, exceedance and extreme events;

–         Propose design principles that integrate multiple benefits;

–         Develop flexible design proposals that can accommodate future changes in stressor levels;


Urban Water Cycle; Water Sensitive Cities; Design principles of water sensitive planning; risk assessment; resiliency;


During day 1 of the course, we will start with the introduction of the most important concepts in Water Sensitive Design. Using a set of prototypical examples (, we will explore and apply the 4-point approach, focusing on day-to-day conditions, design events, exceedance and extremes. Finally we will end up documenting a few representative case study locations in Can Tho and interview users. Day 2 is devoted to actually implementing the reference designs on the chosen case-study locations. Focus will be on the integration of multiple benefits, the required stakeholders as well as the identification of possible constraints and opportunities in the current legislation. Furthermore, the solutions will be discussed in relation to their applicability at other sites throughout the city.  Finally, the outcomes should provide a framework for a possible future design competition in which multiple climate adaptation options are combined with liveability issues across possibly different scale levels.

Lecturing Materials (Google Play: Climate Adaptation), Deltares, 2014

Additional material will be provided during the workshop.

Lecturing Staff

1.      W. Veerbeek, MSc               2.    P. Nilubon, MSc         3.    C. Zevenbergen, PhD, MSc