The rain in Spain stays mainly on the plain, but the rain on campus stays mainly where landscape architects send it.
Planning for stormwater runoff is an important consideration for any architect, especially when building in public areas that combine living and work spaces with a high volume of people. Recently a team of landscape architecture students proved they were up to the task when they won honorable mention in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Campus RainWorks Challenge.
As part of their design studio project, landscape architecture graduate students Kent Elliott and Blake Samper competed against 218 other student teams from 42 states; the competition challenged them to create innovative green infrastructure designs that would promote sustainable community impact.
Elliott and Samper proposed a design that would replace impervious pavement with permeable paving and an aqueduct while adding increased tree canopy and vegetation, rain gardens, green roofs, a rain barrel-staircase, vegetated swales, “hydrowalls,” and vegetated terraces.
First-place winners were the Illinois Institute of Technology and the University of Florida, while the Missouri University of Science and Technology and the University of Arizona took second. To see the full list of winners and view UT Arlington’s entry, visit water.epa.gov.