Conway Urban Watershed Framework Plan: a reconciliation landscape for Little Creek-Palarm Creek sub-watershed

Mejias Villatoro, Paco (2017) Conway Urban Watershed Framework Plan: a reconciliation landscape for Little Creek-Palarm Creek sub-watershed. Oro Editions, San Francisco, USA. ISBN 9781939621818

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Abstract

More than half of Americas waterbodies are unsafe for swimming, fishing, and as sources of drinking due to city building and farming. Beyond water quality problems, dysfunctional streams cause flooding and erosion of property leading to neighborhood blight. Not only can this be reversed, but repair of degraded urban streams can be a powerful agent for reinventing the physical environments of post-industrial cities. This requires transdisciplinary collaboration between the fields of ecological engineering and urban design. The American city was uniquely premised on fusions of landscape and urbanisma tradition with plenty of room for innovation.However, watershed plans remain data and policy driven documents with a singular interest in repairing waterbodies. They have little to say about the city and urban design. Conversely, urban planning has not codified the value of healthy ecosystems within which cities are built. In this age of the Anthropocene, when ecosystems are human-dominated, resilient urban design must account for biological processes. The Framework Plan introduces watershed management into urban design with one simple demand: that every new development contribute to watershed stewardship, where infrastructure and building deliver ecological services in addition to urban services. The Framework Plan formulates a planning vocabulary for use among professionals and decision makers to engage this new design market.

Item Type: Book
Uncontrolled Keywords: architecture, waterbodies, urban streams
Subjects: E History America > E151 United States (General)
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Business & Applied Social Science > Department of Arts & Humanities
Depositing User: Paco Mejias Villatoro
Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2021 15:03
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2021 15:03
URI: http://oars.uos.ac.uk/id/eprint/1856

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