ISF develops strategies and approaches in collaboration with practitioners to deliver water services that systematically improve the recreational, aesthetic and environmental value of the urban landscape.
Pathways to One Water
In 2015 ISF published the Pathways to One Water report with the Water Environment and Reuse Foundation (USA) to provide the water sector with a user-friendly guide for institutional innovation.
It outlines pioneering integrated water management methods for overcoming institutional barriers that currently limit systems contributing to liveability.
28 case studies were gathered from the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom to:
- identify the key drivers for adopting an approach to integrated water planning,
- reveal the challenges that are often encountered when trying to reach this objective, and
- explore the range of enabling actions adopted in the case studies when overcoming these challenges.
ISF is taking integrated urban water planning a step further. Our current research into the cutting-edge of restorative infrastructure asks the question:
“What if we started to expect something quite different from our infrastructure? Can we go beyond reducing ecological damage and seek to design infrastructure that actually improves the local environment, economy and society?”
To do this we need to start thinking differently about networks; institutional arrangements; recovery of valuable materials; acceptable levels of risk, security and price; and a more expansive approach to externalities.
Frasers Broadway Precinct Water Cycle Strategy
The $2bn redevelopment of the Old Kent Brewery site on Broadway in Sydney is one of Australia’s most successful examples of green urban regeneration. ISF was a key partner of Frasers Property in identifying sustainability opportunities for the site. ISF assisted in developing the Frasers Broadway Precinct Water Cycle Strategy to plan significant reductions in overall energy use, water use and solid waste.