Unless you are an engineer, you probably don't think twice about street kerbs.
Our streets aren't just for moving people and vehicles, they form part of a complex stormwater and drainage network. But is this the only way to deal with stormwater?
Water Sensitive Urban Design (WSUD) came out of a growing recognition about the inter-relationship between urban development, stormwater and downstream ecosystems. WSUD design outcomes often go hand in hand with improved landscape and public space outcomes, and can include such things as wetlands, porous pavements, landscaped swale channels, water tanks and green roofs.
WSUD Guide (Melboure Water)
Intro to Stormwater Manangement - Environment Australia
WSUD for SEQ
(image: Livable City for PARK(ing) Day 2007 - click image for link)