About

 Project Type: Community Greening and Green Infrastructure

Principal Investigator: Mahbubur R. Meenar, PhD, Assistant Director, Center for Sustainable Communities, Temple University, meenar@temple.edu, 267-468-8314

Research Team Members: Lynn Mandarano, PhD, Jeffrey Featherstone, PhD, Richard Fromuth, PEpartners_logos

Research Associates: Sanjana Ahmed, M.Arch., Jason Hachadorian

Research Assistants: Daniel Bramhall, Jamie Magaziner, Christine Thomas

Community Partners: Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha (APM), New Kensington Community Development Corporation (NKCDC), Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed Partnership, Inc. (TTF)

Abstract: Temple University’s Center for Sustainable Communities proposed a framework for developing a Green Stormwater Infrastructure (GSI) plan through a participatory Geodesign process and then applied the framework in Delaware Direct and Tookany/Tacony-Frankford watersheds, both of which are characterized as “ultra-urban” and are subject to a number of socio-economic and environmental issues, including poverty and vacant housing, impaired water quality, ecological degradation, flooding, and poor stormwater management. The Project Team created a conceptual GSI plan for the study area and visualized three specific GSI project site plans, followed by three design charrettes conducted in three lower-income and minority neighborhoods. The innovative GSI design features submitted to the Soak It Up design competition were used as inspiration and guidance at the charrettes. Addressing water quality issues through GSI projects and watershed-wide plans has been identified as a community priority in the study area. Three nonprofit organizations served as key partners with specific roles. Other partners provided advisory, advocacy, and other relevant services. The team proposed six distinct activities: development of a typology of GSI design features, GIS-based site suitability analysis for potential GSI projects in the watersheds, comparative assessment and selection of GSI project sites, visioning GSI projects through design charrettes, development of a conceptual GSI plan, and three detailed site-specific GSI project visualizations. The project outputs were disseminated through web sites, videos, papers, and presentations. The process is expected to increase community involvement and environmental stewardship and is replicable in other urban areas.

aerial_web_updated-01

Presentations >>

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s