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This concept is unrealistic - The reality is Bne is on a flood-plain. We have to construct houses differently and accept that some houses are out of bounds - except for grazing animals
For my concept the City Cat Terminals will be used as a way for Brisbane to create a connection with its river. They will be used to create better flows, improve connectivity and to remove the hard edge and create more awareness of the ‘Fluid Terrain.’ BUT DOES THIS CREATE RESILIENCE? Having more of a connection with the adjoining landscape and surrounding space will minimise the exposure of t
More urban density in non-affected areas. Parks, gardens, spaces in flood-prone areas. Plus better insurance regime for affected people.
This design allows for jetties and pontoons to be raised out of the water during flood conditions. A crane-like winch housing forms landfall end of jetty. Jetty connection with pontoon is a pivot. During flood conditions jetty/pontoon can be winched out of the water - like a cranes boom. Pivot connection allows pontoon to swing freely as lifted - like a ferris wheel carriage. Advantages of
After the 1974 flood some engineers proposed that a rock wall be built in the upstream side of the Brisbane River where Oxley Creek enters the Brisbane River. Because of the direction that Oxley Creek enters the Brisbane River , unlike Breakfast Creek or Norman Creek , when the Brisbane River floods the water flows into Oxley Creek and not only fills it up but stops the flood waters from the Oxle
Empower community members to better prepare and take step in emergency response situation. The state could provide infrastructure support but peoples on time action is vital.
Dont build on flood plan! Too easy.
On every flood prone development a visual indicator of a flood peak of XXX metres will cause damage. Damage should be specified as water entering the occupied area of the house. The indicator should read the same as the flood reports. Similarly it should be noted on any documents relating to the property. This should include sale and lease documents. It will give time to save contents and inform
We need to rethink - not Dams but flood mitigation schemes. ie. Lockyer Valley - Bremer River which all flow towards Brisbane
Stop building river front mansions and million dollar apartments. Turn the land near the river to a natural parkland... Or pass the flood bill to those who allowed developers to have their way!
On the 12 October 1893, during the Queensland Parliament’s Legislative Assembly Debate, Andrew Lang Petrie, Member for Toombul, asked the Premier if the government intended to offer premiums to engineers and others for the best plans for diverting the flood waters of the Brisbane, Burnett and Mary Rivers in order to prevent repetition of flood disasters and to use the water usefully. Then Pr
The URBAN WETLAND is designed as a post flood mitigation device to reduce sediment loads on Moreton Bay and lower catchment areas. This will be achieved through the integration of urban detention and bio-retention basins along the length of the Brisbane River. In recent flood events fluvial discharge of sediments and pollutants were deposited on land only to be subsequently washed back into the Br
Dont build on flood plains - it is not complicated.
We need advice after a flood. What should be thrown out and what can be saved? People threw out clothes, sheets, curtains, ect which could be washed and reused. Could electric goods bee dried out and reused? They were in 1974. The courier mail and TV stations could disseminate this information.
Proposed is an idea which can be easily and quickly integrated into a site affected by natural disaster. The pods consist of a hexagonal sturdy base with soft non slip foam on top, three interchangeable hexagonal core pieces sitting on a generator and a hexagonal umbrella top. The material for the core is plaspanel plastic and the material for the roof is solar infused tyvek (both clean easily,
Inspired by the original 80s Safety House scheme, the idea of a Powerhouse sticker which would be nationally recognised as a source of power in an emergency situation. Constructed of solar panels and power sockets and attached to a power pole so that once it gets wet the base would float up. It would be placed on the high end of a previously flooded street and be vandal proof. It could also bec
In concluding his report for the Queensland Government of recommendations following the 1893 Brisbane flood, Colonel Pennycuick presented two key proposals. The first to create a ‘regulating reservoir’ at the junction of the Stanley and Brisbane rivers and the second, a range of modifications and improvements to the Brisbane river banks. He writes: “The only improvements to the river at B
Its pretty simple - dont build in flood prone areas in the first place. If you do/have/too late then think seriously about raising the floor height above the flood limit. This was done a lot in Brizzy after 74, and has been done in my rural, river-focused, flood-prone shire. Theres not much anyone can do about flash flooding in areas that dont normally flood, like Grantham, but Council/State could
This image shows a 60sqm full brick house on a 300 thick reinforced concrete raft foundation, complete with continuous/attached perimeter wall 150 thick and 750 high. The top of the wall in this case is to the local flood design level but could be constructed to window sill height, approx. to 1.2m above floor level, for the same cost. The level access to the house is through a gate which could
Systems of Cities aims to harness ecology ‘corridor and network’ principles, sustainability and begin to view cities as precincts, showing that living ‘with,’ not ‘on’ an ecological system is resilient and sustainable. By increasing the systems density, linkages and connections points the system increases in resilience and is able to function during and after peak shocks. The design
The pylon forest serpentines and wades the wetness of the Northbank reaches of the Brisbane River. Post expressway, the pylons wade the mud suspending a riparian walk and commuting corridor for people to engage with place, to share ideas and experience Brisbanes future. Connecting people to the greater system, its functions, services and sensitivity to increase the walkable circulation between the
A fireproof and waterproof container in which valuables are stored. The enclosure would be available in various sizes with varying security (locking, fire rating and water rating) and methods of fitting. Perhaps economics and/or demand would dictate lower cost boxes that are fire-only or water-only suitable. The idea is that in the event of sudden fire or water ingress the box can be shut/locke
A return to the original white mans way of living - on stilts
My idea is simple and cheap. The risk of drowning could be reduced if all people in flood prone areas have ready access to PDF Type 1 life jackets that help to keep their head above water until they can save themselves or be rescued.
Clear out creeks and minor waterways on a regular basis so that bull rushes and debris dont block the flow of water. Back logged water will flow sideways and inundate properties beside these creeks causing great damage. The bull rushes do trap the debris however they matt together and encompass the debris which is then a home for vermin and it also forms a dam which causes the water to back up w
The ‘Stump Jump Flood House’, designed by PHAB Architects, is an experimental housing concept that combines The Queensland House with a floating jetty. It re-imagines the Brisbane City Council Subtropical Cities Competition winning entry, ‘Stump Jump House’, from 2005. Inspired by the tragic events of the 2011 Queensland floods (where televised images showed timber houses torn loose fro
“The Urban Jungle” The current site nestled in between the Go Between bridge and the Goodwill Bridge has proved that the linear systems are offering low resistance. During flooding the disturbance exceeded the systems critical threshold level and the system tipped into a state where it was not resilient to the disturbance. In response…The riverside boardwalk has been extended from William J
- Public fund for emergency-relief like they do in New Zealand for earthquakes. (as a part of tax). - Dont blame it all on the dam engineers. - Educate insurance companies on flooding relief.
This machine is called a Scraper Sucker. It is a remote controlled vehicle that scrapes up mud from the floor and sucks it into a bag. I thought of this idea because I know it would be horrible to have mud all through the house and it would feel better if it was gone. It runs on batteries so it can go all through the house. It is water proof and it has a propeller also at the back. So if ther
This design intervention centres around the themes of flow; flow from the water, from the land, from humans, movement through the site both from the land and the water. The design looks at incorporating the themes of flow into the landscape. For example the flow from a flood of rising water, or on a more regular basis the flowing movement of people through the site. The design interventions are
The 2011 January floods have passed and our city may have been lucky in avoiding severe damage. With the future floods being predicted to be twice as devastating, are we confident that our landscapes will guard us from the next big flood? The New Farm Heart project focuses on the area of New Farm and what steps can be taken in order to make the area resilient to floods. This proposal aims to ma
What is it? The Help Seeker is a boat that helps people in flood waters. It is operated by a well-trained person. It has rescue, clean up and high technology features. What does it do? The Help Seeker rescues people in the flood waters. To help it find people it uses a radar. It has amphibious features such as the slow moving wheels that enables it to take people to dry land. Screen techno
This intervention in the landscape retains and cleans water in storm events, slowing the flow temporarily through Sandy Creek on its journey to the Brisbane River. Its about a measured detention, clean and release and this process is made visible to the local community in Tarragindi within an existing park. Strategies include water sensitive urban design and other infrastructure thats supports
Lift-up Houses technology (for flood prone areas)
You could have deep deep wells around the city and very big walls around the city too. And you could have a force field for the roof just if it floods inside. And you could also have an undergraound city so if all fails you could live underground and wait until the floods finish then when the floods wash away you can go back up .
As each new development is designed, design in mind with electricity and major infrastructure i.e.- plant rooms for buildings on middle or top floors instead of underground car parks and schools and hospitals on hills or higher ground. (flood markers on houses)
This concept works with the existing site to create one system of resilience and physical environment. Currently, we have two environments, one built, one natural, when a flood occurs these environments are merged into one without time for adaption and preparation. Creating a permanent physical environment aims to merge built and natural environments but at the same time ensure two environments ar
To flood proof Queensland… we could build houses out of cement and make inside roof the living place so that the flood won’t reach that spot. We can also make the roof shaped like a wave so that roof will make the water go over the building and back to a different spot.
The floods should give us cause to rethink the appropriateness of single storey housing. Two or three storey houses occupy much less site allowing more substantial vegetation, better privacy, outlook and cross-ventilation. In a flood, residents of a single storey house are more likely to lose their valuable possessions, be left with a totally inundated house and need to seek alternate accommoda
Dross:Strata - accepts the idea that the next rapid growth phase of the adaptive cycle will create socioeconomic and cultural densification on the higher terrain. Therefore what uses will be appropriate to be included within the fluid terrain to avoid it becoming defunct? This concept suggests a need to visualise and seize design opportunities that can manifest themselves on new (previously wasted
A dutch company Dura Vermeer has already built houses in Maasbommel along the Maas River that will rise when there is flooding. The foundations are set into the river bank.
House Layout and Description About 60% of the ground floor area is open but at the same time secure. The screening, both metal and timber, allows for potential flood water to pass through with relative ease. The laundry cabinetry and washing machine are constructed on a pulley system and platform that allows it to be elevated and secured when flood levels rise. Positioning of plumbing caters fo
Post flood relief worked best in highly organised, connected and skilled communities - as was the case for the highly effective Graceville Community Relief group. Massive post-disaster relief should not rely on ad hoc community responses but instead be able to draw on simple, disaster-specific information that has had prior expert input: emergency services, health experts, disaster relief experts
Rivers flood and urban rivers behave differently to natural waterways. One of the most significant flood causes in most river systems is the reduction in channel capacity caused by development and management. This slows down the release of urban water, exaccerbating the impact of the rural catchment. The Brisbane River recently flooded upstream to at least AHD 7.5 but in Newstead it was AHD 2.5 (a
Flood Mark is a component of my masterplan for Kangaroo Point. The idea stems from the need to maintain awareness of Brisbane’s flood culture and to build resilience not only into the landscape but also into the urban community. Infrequent flooding, passing time and shifting populations can result in a community that lacks the knowledge and experience required to successfully adapt and respond t
Build out of flood plains - less density further back.
My idea is the Flood Water Sucker 3000. It can suck up flood water and turn it into fresh drinking water. It has a filter in the machine that makes the water fresh. The water gets sucked up through the pipe into a container. There is a hole in the container and the water falls down into the bucket after going through the filter, and there are cups on the side of the bucket. You can wind up th
Toowoomba and Lockyer Valley areas but could be applied to Brisbane or Australia-wide: Modify the phone numbering system to include the post-code of the area affected. When emergency messages need to be sent to specific endangered areas then ring the phones to those post-codes or map-reference numbers. Have heard that in South Australia they use map reference points that are noted on fence pos
Regulate the housing industry as strong as we regulate the mining industry! Stop building on flood plains. Retreat away from flood plains over time returning currently built-on areas to parks/open space/wildlife corridors.
One of Brisbane River’s most prominent winding bends is on the West End bend (Orleigh Park). Where the river narrows significantly into a hair-pin bend and only tightens more so on exit. This sharp and narrow bend in the river lies home to significant water velocity measures, as the river rushes into and out of the West End bend. There is an opportunity to use this significant hair-pin corner
Establish a State fund to rehabilitate and protect natural environmental features on floodplains and coasts. Connecting a network of natural coastal features- sand dunes, mangroves, wetlands, beaches to their optimal functions will act as a barrier between the ocean and settlement-right up the coast of Queensland. Fund floodplain rehabilitation to allow floodplains to function and flow naturally,
3rd Year Landscape Architects at QUT will this semester explore ideas for celebrating the tidal and hydraulic characteristics of the Brisbane River near QUT Gardens Point. Highly speculative ideas will be generated during our exploration of how QUT, Parliament House and North Bank might become reacquainted with the River – an historic relationship that was separated by the Riverside expressway.
There needs to be more accuracy in Councils flood overlays and more effective links between DERM & councils. At present, I am bandied back and forth between councils and DERM about who wants to provide the appropriate information. Most of the time Im told to check with a local who has lived there for a long time.
Most buildings are made of timber which is very vulnerable to flood waters and cyclones. I would suggest using reinforced concrete buildings with two or three stories.
Remember the Nile! Floods were used to great advantage for fertilizing the land along the river. Keep the river flats for market gardens and ensure the environment upstream is clean and healthy.
Establish the B.R.I.S.B.A.N.E. Fund, ie the Brisbane Regional Inundation Savings Bank and Natural Emergency Fund. The Fund would collect $20 per person per year (increasing annually with CPI) from everyone in the Brisbane Region. This would raise $50M in the 1st year increasing to $80M by 2026. The accumulated real value over 25 years allowing for interest on deposits and inflation would be app
Dutch house boats on canals are floating on cement pontoons. Japanese floating airport resists ocean waves.
Over the past decade climate and flood modelling and geographical information systems have revolutionised our ability to map and communicate flood risk. No longer are the black box computations of hydrologists hidden away in tables of numbers in the appendix of a door stop report. Contemporary modelling and mapping techniques now allow us to look beyond the old blue line of inundation which typ