Using Cedar Rapids Riverfront as a case study, Ford explains how Sasaki worked with the Cedar Rapids, Iowa community to develop strategies for a new riverfront design that would mitigate flood damage. Just a few years prior to this planning project, the city had seen record high flood inundation. Now, “a new 220-acre greenway built in Cedar Rapids after the flood offer[s] new community amenities, but also serves as a levee protecting nearby neighborhoods.”
Ford and Sasaki team members have been working with the city of Houston for the past several months to develop a new downtown master plan. Her experience in Iowa combined with her work in Houston drives Ford’s hopes for the Texan city as they recover from Harvey’s wrath. “A lot of ideas the world has never seen before–new housing, parks, and infrastructure–can come out of a disaster like this. Houston can become a model for dealing with these kinds of issues.”
Read more here about how design helped Cedar Rapids, Iowa, recover from a catastrophic flood, and lessons the process may have for Houston.