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Design for Flooding: Architecture, Landscape, and Urban Design for Resilience to Climate Change Hardcover – November 23, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0470475645 ISBN-10: 0470475641 Edition: 1st
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The complete guide to planning and design for water sustainability, as well as flooding and natural disasters

Architects, urban planners, and urban designers, as well as water resources engineers and landscape architects will discover that Design for Flooding presents the best practices and lessons to create buildings and communities that are more resilient in the face of severe weather, climate change, and the prospect of rising sea level.

Design for Flooding covers technical and institutional issues—along with new design and business opportunities—built upon:

  • Fundamentals of climate and weather, stormwater and floodplain management

  • Best practices of flood-resistant design and adaption to sea level rise

  • Multidisciplinary design that integrates sound ecological and engineering principles

  • Innovative design and construction to protect and improve water security

"Design for Flooding defines the need and opportunity for planners, architects, landscape architects, engineers, and conservation biologists to work together to develop the mix of inland and coastal flooding solutions required for a comprehensive response to climate change."
From the Foreword by Daniel Williams, FAIA, author of Sustainable Design: Ecology, Architecture, and Planning

"Design for Flooding should be a major tool for the design professions, for public agencies, and for civic activists, indeed for everyone who wishes to bring a genuinely 'intelligent' design for water to their communities. It is a call to action and demonstrates that we have the knowledge, the tools, and the capability to better manage the water system on which we depend."
From the Foreword by Carol Franklin, FASLA

A portfolio of award-winning designs illustrates practical and visionary projects to prepare for a resilient future, including:

  • A case study of Climate's Long-term Impacts on Metro Boston (CLIMB) analyzes four alternatives to prepare for climate change

  • A design charrette sponsored by The Regional Plan Association of New York illustrates creative concepts for waterfront revitalization and flood protection

  • Lessons from the Netherlands, Japan, and the United States indicate the effectiveness of long-term preparedness planning combined with phased mitigation and renewal projects

  • Examples include renovations and small buildings, showing how every project at any scale is a design opportunity to increase the sustainability and resilience of our communities, water, and ecosystem services

About the Author

Donald Watson, FAIA, an architect and planner, is former chair of the Yale School of Architecture Environmental Design Program, and former professor and dean of the School of Architecture, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He received the 2002 ACSA Distinguished Professor Award and the 2005 AARC Haecker Leadership Award for Architectural Research. His publications include Climatic Building Design, winner in the Architecture and Urban Planning category of the American Publishers Award for Professional and Scholarly Excellence.

Michele Adams, P.E., a water resources engineer, is principal and founder of Meliora Environmental Design in Kimberton, Pennsylvania. Her work encompasses environmentally sensitive site design and sustainable water resources engineering.

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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (November 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470475641
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470475645
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.9 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Warren R. Uhte on January 30, 2011
Format: Hardcover
REVIEW OF "DESIGN FOR FLOODING"

BY WARREN R. UHTE CA C 8532

John Wiley Publishers have done it again!

Back in 1949, just out of Stanford University with a BS degree in civil engineering, I started on the design of a sewage treatment plant for the Menlo Park Sanitary District. One of the most important aids for putting together structures with proper stairs, doors, windows etc. was John Wiley's Architectural Graphic Standards reference book. Using the information from this book made everything which was constructed work comfortably and well.

Now, I believe "Design for Flooding" is destined to provide the same necessary important aids to young architects, engineers, landscape and urban designers getting involved in projects which must deal with the facts of climate change. It covers the effect of earth and sun relationships and water and carbon cycles on the issues of inland and ocean shoreline flooding and how land and structures can be designed for resilience. Even sea level rise impacts are discussed. The 20 page glossary of terms used in watersheds and coastal flood design will assure any work done uses terms which meet current common criteria.

This book should be part of every civil engineer's library!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By William S. Glazier on January 2, 2011
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Design for Flooding: Architecture, Landscape, and Urban Design for Resilience to Climate Change

Design for Flooding authors Donald Watson, FAIA. and Michael Adams, P.E. declare that bad urban planning makes stream and river flooding worse than it was before trees and other natural ground cover were replaced by impermeable roads and parking lot surfaces. With the latter much heavy rain that should have been absorbed into the earth and stayed put causes streams to go over their banks seriously damaging terrain and buildings.

The text details necessary landscape redesign methods to restore natural vegetation necessary for healthy ground levels that not only reduce stream levels but act as saturated ground water reservoir benefit for times of drought. Droughts are another worldwide climate change atmospheric energy increae manifestation. Global warming increases atmospheric energy conditions making many differant weather events worse than otherwise such as huricanes, tornadoes, and even winter blizzards.

The book also covers the dangers of coastal flooding that threatens more than 40% of the US population and billions of people worldwide who live in flood plains. These need to raise their homes high enough to avoid both the sea level that is rising yearly plus storm surges that can reach up to twenty-five feet above each high tide. Buildings can also be moved to higher ground. Sadly, in many locations there is no higher ground. The text offers rescue design possibilites that include home pontoon floating methods.

Home owners and urban planners should benefit by reading this book that can be purchased from Amazon at reduced prices.

William S. Glazier, Ph.D.,reviewer
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By SelectiveReader on January 10, 2011
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Watson and Adams have produced an outstanding work with a simply stated message: "First responders to flooding emergencies provide a modicum of positive action to help individuals and communities in distress. But an earlier response is required: `advanced response teams'." In twelve clearly worded and beautifully illustrated chapters, the authors charge such teams comprised of architects, engineers, builders, community planners, and officials with the responsibility of protecting and extending the natural landscape along roadways, rivers, open space, and storm-water networks. While the authors clearly favor solutions modeled on nature, they have not shied away from also presenting a range of structural solutions from individual buildings to whole communities. This broad approach, combined with unusual clarity of expression, makes the book enormously useful not only for professional response teams but also for a more general readership interested in the way that climate, weather and flooding are influenced by the way that communities and urban infrastructure are designed and built.

Ralph Knowles, ProfessorEmeritus, USC School of Architecture
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Helmut G. on December 17, 2010
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A very clear explanation of climate, weather, and land use trends that explain why we are experiencing extreme flooding. I also like the clear-headed description of options and actions we can take. Illustrations worth the price of admission.
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