April 11 2013

From Flooding To Flourishing: The Revitalization Of An Otherwise Floodplain

The city of Lincoln, Nebraska has become a hub of new and innovative designs within the last couple of years. This innovation in development has truly proved Lincoln to be a growing city that encompasses environmental and functional design that benefits both the citizens of Lincoln and the environment alike. The Antelope Creek Valley is just one of the ongoing construction projects that have been developed with these key aspects in mind.

Lincoln, Nebraska flood plain

Through the revitalization of an otherwise flood plain, an efficient use of space has been developed. A roads system, bike path lined with new shops, offices, and parks, as well as a new system of channels that protects over 800 homes and 200 businesses from the 100-year flood event has been built. The development of such a channel system has allowed for the use and revitalization of space within surrounding areas, which has truly rebuilt a vital piece of the city of Lincoln. This has revealed how innovative Lincoln architects and engineers alike have been and shows that we are truly growing with an environmentally friendly approach.

With all of this new construction, how can we continue to grow as a city and maintain this same ideology? We must continue to embrace the new ideas that our architects and engineers have. With new developments in the use of environmentally sound materials and the knowledge of developing efficient space, we have the unique opportunity to develop our cityscape while leaving a small footprint on our fragile environment. But with all this new development, we must ultimately move forward with this idea in mind: we must construct without simultaneously deconstructing, to build while protecting our environment.

Lincoln, Nebraska flood plain

As Lincoln is adopting smart development tactics, how do you see your city utilizing similar landscape architecture and design tactics to improve its unusable spaces?

Credits: Photographys by Lisa Gran. Data linked to sources.

Lisa Gran

Lisa Gran is an undergraduate student in her final semester of studying Biological Systems Engineering at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. As an aspiring engineer, Lisa is especially interested in the utilization and development of environmentally sound materials in sustainable planning and design. As she nears the end of her undergraduate studies, she plans on gearing a career in sustainable urban design and engineering principles, drawing inspiration from cities around the globe.

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