of Texas at Arlington design aimed at solving the campus’ stormwater runoff
problems while defining an attractive campus edge earned an honorable mention at
the Environmental Protection Agency’s first-ever Campus RainWorks Challenge.
architecture graduate students, Kent Elliott and Blake Samper, competed against
217 other student teams from 42 states in the challenge, which encouraged teams
to develop innovative green infrastructure systems that lessen the impacts of
urban stormwater while supporting sustainable communities.
is one of the most widespread challenges to water quality in the nation. Large
volumes of stormwater pollute streams, rivers and lakes, posing a threat to
human health and the environment and contribute to downstream flooding.
students’ design replaces impervious surface parking with increased tree canopy
and vegetation, while also adding campus rain gardens, green roofs, a rain
barrel-staircase, vegetated swales, “hydrowalls,” vegetated terraces, permeable
paving and an aqueduct.
entry proposes an attractive campus edge by
providing buildings with museums, exhibit spaces, research facilities, student housing
and structural parking. Their entry was recognized for its
exceptionally creative video. Watch the video here.
entries were unique and they communicated campus landscape and stormwater
issues in a way that the public can understand and appreciate,” said Taner Özdil,
faculty advisor and assistant professor in the UT Arlington School of
Architecture. “The competition highlights the inventive and technical expertise
of landscape architects who are able to provide sustainable solutions, visually
appeal to a broad audience and engage them to experience the complex nature and
beauty of our environment.”
noted that Elliott and Samper undertook the competition as part of a design
studio project in their Landscape Architecture program last fall.
addition to UT Arlington, honorable mentions went to California State
Polytechnic University-Pomona, Kansas State University and Columbia University.
First place winners were Illinois Institute of Technology and The University of
Florida. See the full list of winners at http://water.epa.gov/infrastructure/greeninfrastructure/crw_winners.cfm.
Society of Landscape Architects, the Water Environment Federation and the
American Society of Civil Engineers reviewed the entries. The winning teams
were selected based on six criteria: analysis and planning, preservation or
restoration of natural features, integrated water management, soil and
vegetation management, value to campus and likelihood of implementation.
infrastructure helps communities to maintain healthy waters, support
sustainable communities and provide multiple environmental benefits. Green
infrastructure captures and filters pollutants by passing stormwater through
soils and retaining it on site. Examples of effective green infrastructure
include green roofs, permeable materials, alternative designs for streets and
buildings, trees, rain gardens and rain.
University of Texas at Arlington and the School of Architecture
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The UT Arlington School of Architecture offers
professionally accredited and internationally recognized degrees in Architecture, Interior Design and Landscape Architecture.