Community Education And Outreach
Led by Celina Balderas Guzman and Heidi Nepf
Storm water increasingly threatens cities with water quality problems and flooding. Constructed wetlands are a popular type of green infrastructure intended to collect, treat, and store storm water from urban watersheds. As a large-scale landscape, they have the potential to perform not just hydrologic functions, but also urban design and ecological functions. This workshop will bring together teams of urban designers (planners or architects) and engineers to jointly develop innovative urban wetlands using parametric design techniques and fluid dynamics testing. The design challenge is to combine the intentional manipulation of water with other urban functions, showing sensitivity to the surrounding urban context. The teams will fabricate scaled models of their designs and test their water treatment performance in the Nepf Lab.