Waterworks in Tampa, Florida
2012, supervisor: Sanda Lenzholzer, student: Lisa Verbon, long-list nominee Archiprix
This thesis illustrates how a landscape-based stormwater model can be developed in order to mitigate flood problems and increase the water quality in American coastal cities. It also shows the potential for increasing biodiversity and generating tactile everyday experiences in relation to water and nature. The Nature and Urban Stormwater Synergy (NUSS) model contains a toolbox of design principles, which make it possible to apply this model to other American coastal cities with similar hydrological conditions. The NUSS model is translated into an integral design for the Downtown Area of Tampa, by using scenarios based on economic development. Visionary images show the potentials of integrating nature inside the city to store and treat stormwater run-off. The benefits of using these natural systems are discussed in the context of the global trend for sustainable city developments, especially waterfront developments. Please find the MSc thesis here.