Landscape Institute leads call to address flooding – featured on BBC, Telegraph and Guardian

On Friday, the Landscape Institute stepped into the flood debate to encourage the Government to address flooding through a combined interdisciplinary approach with landscape architects, architects, engineers, hydrologists, ecologists and other specialists. The LI’s President Sue Illman led a team of experts to highlight what can be done to manage water in urban and rural areas. Sue’s letter was published on the same day that University … Continue reading Landscape Institute leads call to address flooding – featured on BBC, Telegraph and Guardian

Knee-jerk reaction by Government towards flooding of the Somerset levels?

“Knee-jerk reaction by Government towards flooding of the Somerset levels?” asks Duncan Goodwin, Landscape Architect and University of Greenwich Senior Lecturer  This was the tone of the strapline in the New Civil Engineer on 6th February. The NCE reported that the £3-4M required to dredge the Parrett and Tone rivers in this part of the West Country is not supported by science and so may be money … Continue reading Knee-jerk reaction by Government towards flooding of the Somerset levels?

Working with floods: leading landscape architecture & urbanism approaches

As the South of England continues to be inundated with storms, The Landscape side-steps the political finger-pointing to present leading initiatives to working with water, projects led by Landscape Architects, Urbanists and Designers. 1. On the Water: Palisade Bay – This research project explores the patterns of storms on the East Coast of the US and their impact on the New York bay. The research established the … Continue reading Working with floods: leading landscape architecture & urbanism approaches

Landscape projects to mitigate future floods

Landscape architecture projects could be set to significantly reduce future flooding in the UK. SUDS (Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems) are expected to become a requirement of future developments across the UK, an approach advocated by the Landscape Institute and embraced through green infrastructure proposals developed by many landscape architects. The BBC reports that previous delays to these new rules could be about to be opened up. … Continue reading Landscape projects to mitigate future floods

Rising tides and storm surges

Several interesting initiatives where landscape architects have been involved in addressing storm surges and rising tides in Europe and North America: – Facing up to Rising Sea Levels: Retreat, Defend, Attack? – Rising Currents – On the Palisade Bay – Mississippi Floods: Designing a Shifting Landscape Are there any other references anyone can offer? Image: Scape Studio, Oystertecture Continue reading Rising tides and storm surges