We sponsored a fifteen-week interdisciplinary service-learning design studio with the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, Iowa State University and Saski. Students from landscape architecture, architecture, and community and regional planning were engaged with stakeholders during a five-phase process. The five phases included establishing the partnership, principle-based inventory and analysis, a green infrastructure framework plan, prototypical design projects, and final documentation.
Throughout this process, the role of the landscape architecture studios was dynamic and extensive; from establishing a partnership with BttR as well as a diverse stakeholder group of 20 community leaders and professionals; to developing an interconnected open space system improving the quality of life through the enhancement of ecological services. A detailed analysis of these complex systems lead the studios to redefine the study from a river restoration and flood prevention effort to a comprehensive integrated green infrastructure strategy necessary to achieve greater impact within the community.
The development of a green infrastructure vision focused on the reciprocal relationship between development and conservation. Input from stakeholders and an expert panel, helped students develop a consensus of goals and objectives that guided the creation of the green infrastructure framework plan, outlining specific long- range challenges and solutions to new and existing development. Lastly, the studio demonstrated flood resilient green infrastructure strategies through priority projects ranging in scale from a trail network and floodplain master plan to district, corridor, and site design.
Project Partners: University of Nebraska – Lincoln, Iowa State University, Sasaki
Estimated Financial Support: Back to the River – $25,000
Estimated Total Project Cost: $47,797