|M.Sc Student||Nadav Shapira|
|Subject||Evaluation Tool for Urban Storm Water Management Urban|
Landscape Projects: The Rishon Lezion Lakes Projec
as a Case Study
|Department||Department of Architecture and Town Planning||Supervisors||Professor Alon-Mozes Tal|
|Professor Portman Michelle|
|Full Thesis text - in Hebrew|
In recent decades, communities of planners and decision makers around the world and in Israel have come to realize that the transition from existing approaches to sustainable development requires a fundamental change in various planning approaches, including the approach to managing urban storm water. Against this backdrop, various approaches have emerged for the sustainable management of urban storm water, including Israel's water sensitive planning (WSP).
This work develops a tool - BGIE (Blue Green Infrastructure Evaluation) - for evaluating before and after the implementation of water related landscape projects that combine measures to manage urban storm water using a water sensitive approach. By using the BGIE, decision makers, planners and stakeholders can evaluate a project's success in achieving multiple goals. As a case study, Lakes Park in Rishon Let Zion is examined.
Overall, based on the review of the literature and use of the tool developed to evaluate the case study project, a number of conclusions and recommendations were formulated:
1. All of the existing tools focus on examining various aspects of projects, but they do not allow assessing the success of the project according to its achievements in multiple criteria at the same time.
2. Since the tool allows evaluating criteria, it enables the evaluator to express the positions and policies he wishes to promote. At this stage the tool may be suitable for public participation processes or expert workshop.
3. A follow-up study is recommended that will include evaluation of additional case studies in order to calibrate thresholds for assessment tools. Calibrating the thresholds for evaluation results will enable better cataloging of project evaluation results, as well as strengthening the possibility of using the tool to analyze planning alternatives.