Landscape Institute water video wins communications award

A Landscape Institute animation, viewed nearly 10,000 times on YouTube and promoting the creation of water sensitive cities has won an award.

The video, which was commissioned by the Landscape Institute (LI) and construction industry membership organisation CIRIA won the Sustainable Water Industry Group (SWIG) Award in the Communications Category, in joint first place with a Nickelodeon animation yesterday.

Based on work by CIRIA, Arup and AECOM, the short animation explains the concept of Water Sensitive Design (WSUD) and argues the case for integrating water into designs when planning any new development. 

LI president Sue Illman said said: "Water is going to be a major problem for towns and cities in the future. The film explains brilliantly, in less than five minutes, how designing with water can allow it to be integrated creatively and maximise its potential for sustainable use while protecting the population from shortages and flooding."

The video focuses on the personal as well as professional approach to managing and designing with water and has been viewed nearly 10,000 times in four months.

Paul Shaffer from CIRIA said: "For WSUD to be realised in the UK, and to create great places and spaces, we need to better connect the water cycle and encourage collaboration between disciplines and communities.

"This project and its outputs demonstrate what can be achieved with the collaboration of professionals and associated institutions."

The film graphics were created by AECOM design studio and the animation made by Room 60.

The Sustainable Water Industry Group (SWIG) Awards recognise extraordinary projects promoting sustainable water use.

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