Soft zoning: A floodplain development strategy for a high-performance urban watershed
Master of Architecture
The floodplain development strategy of "soft zoning" seeks to leverage the forces of unregulated development and flood disaster potential in order to incite the formation of a high performance urban landscape that accommodates both the natural process of flooding and the urban processes of rapid population growth and development. The testing ground of this landscape technique is an intensive FEMA Buyout zone near the convergence of White Oak Bayou and Vogel Creek, a heavily flood-prone area of White Oak Bayou Watershed in Houston, Texas.
Landscape architecture; Architecture; Urban planning; Regional planning