Blue-Hug - water management, stormwater management, rainwater harvesting, case studies, toolkit, alternative strategies, partnerships, financial models, climate resilience, education, micro-climate, quality urban space

BLUE HUG stands for Blue Harvesting, Urban Green. Feasibility Research on development of a Toolkit for Storm Water Management for the Netherlands. The background research included an extensive study of the Stormwater Management and city level knowledge dispersal by the City of San Francisco; case studies in India focusing on alternative partnerships, strategies and financial models on introducing Rain Water Harvesting in neighbourhoods, companies and communities.
The conclusion of the research is that Netherlands is a leading expert on water management and has a supreme knowledge of storm water measures. There is a need, however, to develop a practical toolkit which provides, under one umbrella, a simplified overview of all the possible measures of storm water management in particular rainwater harvesting focusing on revitalisation of urban areas, neighbourhoods or buildings. This would be a very useful output for the general public as well as users such as developers and housing corporations.

In October 2011, we were invited to give a lecture in the college (middelbare school) Helinium, Hellevoetsluis. It was an amazing experience to interact with the students and to be able to discuss issues of water as a resource with them. This experience also cemented our feeling that more such awareness programmes and lectures need to be generated in schools. We will definitely be working towards this!
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BLUE HUG - Rain Water Harvesting – an educational impulse
Research & Development of a Rain Water Harvesting Pilot Project in a school in the Netherlands.
Project Idea/Aim:
To design and build a rainwater harvesting system, as a pilot project, in a school in the Netherlands. Eventually, it can expand to more schools. The aim of the project is to begin a dialogue and increase awareness amongst children & other visitors on (a) the value of water (b) changing climate in the forms of frequent and intensive rains followed by dry periods and the tools needed to bring about climate resilience in our habitat.

Design Principles of the project:
Sustainable & cyclic flows
Low-cost & simple while being creative.
Involvement of users in the design process, execution & maintenance
Visually communicative & experientially attractive design for the users. Playful for children.
Benefiting public/open space, increase spatial quality, improve micro-climate