For landscape architects today, urbanism and water go hand in hand. Whether dealing with issues of sea level rise, groundwater retention, or just plain old water supply infrastructure, landscape architects are working with scientists, engineers, and policy makers on increasingly bigger projects that encompass more external factors and larger networks of physical, biological, environmental, and political networks. We examine some of these water landscapes and how they relate to each other in the broader context of how resources and climate-related changes are being managed.
To put these projects in perspective, we have positioned them on a grid: The x-axis runs from “not enough” to “too much” water and the y-axis posits these projects as either being rooted in necessity or decadence. Within this grid, we found a surprising variety of combinations.
Here we’ve posted all our water-related articles from this issue. Enjoy!
Alaska’s Relocation — One remote Alaska city is seeking $200 million to flee the rising sea
Lexington’s Groundwater — SCAPE turns Lexington, Kentucky’s long-buried water into an asset
L.A.’s River — L.A. River revitalization takes center stage in public eye (and real estate development)
Istanbul’s New Islands — A coterie of artificial islands and high-rises planned to rise near Istanbul
Miami’s Flooding — Miami battles rising floodwaters even as development booms
Chicago’s Runoff — Chicago digs deep to fight flooding, but the city’s geology may provide another solution
Waco’s Water Grid — Texas planners envision a county-wide “grid” to provide clean water during droughts
China’s Archipelago — This master plan calls for a brand new city to alleviate China’s water issues
UrbanLab is combining water infrastructure with architecture to reimagine how cities work
L.A.’s Reservoir — What will Angelenos do with a decommissioned, 45-foot-deep reservoir?
Milwaukee’s Harbor — Studio Gang’s research-based approach to ecological design rethinks the shape of urban waterfronts
Massachusett’s Ports — The plan to combine fishing, tourism, and the waterfront to invigorate a New England city
Wisconsin’s Lake Straw — A controversial decision will allow a Wisconsin city to draw water out of Lake Michigan
Water-Related News (also from the October issue)
A new proposal would turn a stagnant abandoned Chicago waterway into a community amenity
Seattle’s waterfront transformation by James Corner Field Operations prepares to break ground this year
Chicago and Philadelphia–based PORT Urbanism wants to redesign your city
“Landscape as Necessity” conference aims to broaden the role of landscape architects
Has “resiliency” been hijacked to justify and promote development?
This landscape architecture firm is bringing Dutch water expertise to the U.S.
Detroit engages with its community to solve its raw sewage and storm water problem
A team of landscape architects, geneticists, and bioinformaticians are trawling the Gowanus Canal for science
One landscape architect’s plan to fuse Dallas–Fort Worth’s waterways with urban growth
Landscape architects face crossroads to address shrinking ecological resources
A grassroots organization starts an environmental movement in Iowa City