Design with innovation: Transforming an urban playa stormwater site

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Title: Design with innovation: Transforming an urban playa stormwater site
Author: Glancy, Candi Lu
Abstract: Stormwater management in the Playa Lakes Region of West Texas historically requires that playa wetlands in city limits be modified to collect runoff from seasonal storms . These urban playas often serve a second function , that of an open space park . Design of these parks frequently lacks innovation in aesthetics and stormwater cleansing functions . Creativity in stormwater solutions extends beyond the typical functional -only design . In cities such as Renton , Washington , Minneapolis , Minnesota , and Gilbert , Arizona , stormwater and wastewater have been innovatively incorporated into the urban culture . This thesis explores an innovative solution for the Playa Lakes Region of West Texas that goes beyond what was discovered in the literature review . Design criteria are developed to transform Lake 87 , a Lubbock , Texas urban stormwater management site , into an aesthetically pleasing , artistic , innovative site that integrates the history and nature of the area through native plantings and sculpture without compromising its primary function . The design also resolves increasing erosion through innovative best management practices (BMP ) and landforming . This thesis investigates playa wetlands (Lake 87’s origin ) , urban stormwater function and management practices (Lake 87’s role in the community ) , aesthetic and artistic design solution case studies , and the role of art in society (Lake 87’s potential ) . The innovative design solution for Lake 87 has a complexity that appeals to the senses so that different interpretations are possible . The design attempts to engage the participant by becoming part of the harmony and contrast that is present in nature . It is an exploration of an alternative in stormwater management .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /2346 /13662
Date: 2008-12


Design with innovation: Transforming an urban playa stormwater site. Master's thesis, Texas Tech University. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /2346 /13662 .

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