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Design for Flooding: Architecture, Landscape, and Urban Design for Resilience to Climate Change

ISBN: 978-0-470-89002-8
320 pages
October 2010
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Design for Flooding contains considerable useful information for practitioners and students. Watson and Adams fill the void for new thinking…and they advance our ability to create more sustainable, regenerative, and resilient places.” —Landscape Architecture Magazine

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Preface and Acknowledgments.

Foreword (Carol Franklin, RLA, FASLA)

Foreword (Daniel E. Williams, FAIA).

Introduction.

PART I: NATURE OF WATER.

Chapter 1: Weather.

1.1 Sun and Earth.

1.2 The Atmosphere.

1.3 Weather.

Chapter 2: Land and Water.

2.1 Water and Carbon Cycles.

2.2 Biodiversity and the Landscape.

2.3 Follow the Water: The Opportunity for Watershed Planning.

Chapter 3: Flooding.

3.1 Flooding from Increased Precipitation.

3.2 Flooding from Severe Storms.

3.3 Economic and Social Costs of Water-Related Natural Disasters.

PART II: DESIGN WITH WATER.

Chapter 4: The Natural Landscape.

4.1 Understanding the Natural Water Balance.

4.2 When the Water Balance Is Altered.

4.3 Soils and Vegetation.

4.4 Subsurface Water Movement.

4.5 Stream Systems, Wetlands, Riparian Zones, and Floodplains.

Chapter 5: The Altered Landscape.

5.1 When the Landscape Is Altered.

5.2 Altered Stream Systems and Increased Flood Damage.

5.3 Why Detention Does Not Solve Flooding.

5.4 Summary: The Natural Landscape as a Model for Resilient Design.

Chapter 6: Design for Inland Flooding.

6.1 Resilient Design for Inland Flooding.

6.2 Tools for Watershed Protection.

6.3 Communities and Buildings in Floodplains.

PART III: FLOOD-RESISTANT DESIGN.

Chapter 7: Flood Design Analysis.

7.1 Definition of Terms.

7.2 Flood Elevation: Base Flood and Design Flood.

Chapter 8: The Coast.

8.1 Coastal Processes.

8.2 Shoreline Protection.

8.3 Flood Barriers and Floodgates.

8.4 Summary of Coastal Protection Measures.

Chapter 9: Flood Design Practices for Buildings.

9.1 Overview of Flood Design.

9.2 Flood Design at the Building Scale.

PART IV: DESIGN FOR RESILIENCE.

Chapter 10: Flood-Resistant Design for Sites and Communities.

10.1 Coastal Communities.

10.2 Comprehensive Planning for Resilient Communities.

10.3 Local Actions to Build Community Resilience.

Chapter 11: Sea Level Rise.

11.1 Sea Level Rise: The Issues.

11.2 Sea Level Rise: Design Responses.

Chapter 12: Design for Resilience.

12.1 The Wave of the Future.

12.2 Models for National and International Action.

12.3 Design Resolution.

Epilogue.

Glossary.

Index.

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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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