I am happy to share that I worked with Dr. Galen Newman, Associate Professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning at Texas A&M University, on a yearlong project to document innovative design solutions applied worldwide to mitigate sea-level rise. The book, Design for Sea Level Rise: Global Innovative Solutions is authored by Dr. Galen Newman and Zixu Qiao. I co-authored a chapter focusing on design strategies applied in the City of Tampa, Florida. The book contains chapters covering a range of global cities and areas of study.
The journey behind this project began in 2020, when Dr. Newman was considering bringing together researchers, professionals and designers from universities throughout the world and from a variety of design practices to contribute to a book focusing on urban sea-level rise scenarios and innovative landscape design solutions. Dr. Newman was my mentor and principal advisor of my Master of Landscape Architecture final study project and is now a colleague and co-contributor. As a part of my MLA final study project in graduate school, Dr. Newman and I worked on an urban sea-level rise and flood inundation scenario in a heavily industrialized and marginalized neighborhood in the City of Tampa, Florida. Dr. Newman asked me to write a chapter for the book on this project. I was confident that it would be an experience of my life and was grateful to be one of the authors and contribute to a global cause. After a yearlong collaboration with all the contributors, the book is finally available for pre-order. It feels like a dream come true.
The book assesses and artfully illustrates innovative and practical world-wide measures for combating sea level rise from the profession of landscape architecture. The work explores how the appropriate mixture of integrated, multi-scalar flood protection mechanisms can reduce risks associated with flood events including sea level rise.
Because sea level rise is a global issue, illustrative case studies from the United States, Korea, Australia, New Zealand, Thailand, Japan, China and the Netherlands identify structural (engineered), non-structural (nature-based), and hybrid mechanisms (mixed) used to combat sea level rise and increase flood resilience.
It is important for those located within the current or future floodplain to consider sea level rise and those responsible for land use, developmental and population-related activities within these areas to strategically implement a series of integrated constructed and green infrastructure-based flood risk reduction mechanisms to adequately protect threatened areas. As a result, the book is beneficial to both academics and practitioners related to multiple design professions such as urban designers, urban planners, architects, real estate developers and landscape architects.