Seminar 5_Flood Resilient Planning

March 7th

Members: Desiree Rantala, Ashley James , Rob Freeman, Tanya Kapelus, Wei Zou, BJ, Emily Bews, Samantha Garret., Milan Code.

“International Institute for Environment and Development | Shaping decisions for development.” International Institute for Environment and Development | Shaping decisions for development. http://www.iied.org (accessed April 5, 2013).

A Theory on Urban Resilience to Floods – A Basis for Alternative Planning

Current flood management practices are based on resisting the water entirely through the use of levees, dams and channels. The article delves into a theory of urban resilience to floods as an alternative urban planning. This theory involves the idea of working with the fact of the ever-changing tides of rivers. The idea embraces the inherent dynamism and uncertainties to provide unconventional strategies for coping with floods. The radically new way of dealing with extreme flooding involves the use of floodable areas of a city. This means that instead of designing based on flood control, flood adaptation should be the priority of design. Ecological and Engineering resilience are the two sub topics of the article. Ecological resilience is the ability of systems in the city to survive after the change. Engineering resilience discusses factors that could impose negative effects on structures and it’s ability to be mended after receiving the power of extreme flooding. It’s living with the unpredictable nature of rivers might become the status quo when designing a river city or any city.

Butch. “LaSalle Farmers Say It’s Time To Lift Well Restrictions.” 94.3 Loudwire – Northern Colorado’s Maximum Rock – Fort Collins Music. http://943loudwire.com/lasalle-farmers-say-its-time-to-lift-well-restrictions/ (accessed April 5, 2013).

Harmon, Rob.: How the market can keep streams flowing               

This video talks about the negative effect on the hydrology of the river by right holders’ over usage of water. The original settlers of the riverside properties obtain these rights. These outdated laws force each owner to consume certain amount of water if they want to keep their rights, without any regards to the environment. It was discussed in the video that implementing new systems of incentives for the right holders to return water to the rest of the community rather than exploitation is the solution for the water problem.

Liao, Kuei-Hsien.  A Theory on Urban Resilience to Floods – A Basis for Alternative planning. Ecology and           Society 17(4): 48. http://www.ecologyandsociety.org/vol17/iss4/art48/ (accessed April 5, 2013)

Harmon, Rob. “How the market can keep streams flowing.” TED TALKS. November 2010.                   http://www.ted.com/talks/rob_harmon_how_the_market_can_keep_streams_flowing.html. (accessed April 5, 2013)

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