The Edge

Historically, urban water management has been focused on maintaining technical performance and protecting residents from flooding and erosion, with waterways often configured to be channelled in concrete or run underground. Over time and in the face of climate change, the recognition of the shortcomings of traditional management strategies has led to a transition to address broader societal and environmental needs. The Edge looks at working with the waterfront promenade linking Rozelle Bay, Glebe Island and Balmain, and addressing the conflict of hard infrastructural edging between land and water. Establishing a resilient water management strategy encompasses community needs across a multitude of scales, including humans and non-humans. Using aquatic fauna species as indicators of water health that sit at the end of a broader water network; The Edge approaches design through the locational and environmental context of each surrounding suburb, through investigating:Three (3) areas of the site, with three (3) levels of water pollutants, and three (3) aquatic fauna species:Rozelle Bay – Commercial - OystersGlebe Island – Industrial - TunicatesBalmain - Residential – Cushion StarsThis landscape led development approach is broken into three phases with each above occurring simultaneously. Phase 1 implements small scale design proposals, setting into motion a resilient water management strategy that focuses on learning and growing with communities projected for the years after.
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Acknowledgement of Country
We acknowledge and respect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples of Australia, as the traditional custodians of our lands, waters and seas. We recognise their ability to care for Country and their deep spiritual connection with Country. We honour Elders past and present whose knowledge and wisdom ensure the continuation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures.