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This design aims to create parkland with the capabilities to sustain submersion and the immense force of floodwaters. The specific geography, riverbank enclosed by spectacular steep cliffs of Brisbane Tuff is the instigator of this design. Priority is given to retaining the cliff vistas as these dramatic views have major historical and social importance to Brisbane. The surrounding areas have h
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
The amount of damaging debris that clogs the Brisbane River during flood times, not only pollutes the waterways (and adjacent properties) but also cloggs up the river with potentially dangerous missiles to the landscape and surrounding infrastructure (bridges, pontoons etc). One of the Brisbane River’s most prominent depositional banks is on the West End bend (Orleigh Park) where it is one of
Think big and remake Brisbane into a world class city. Focus on house design, even small clusters of housing, misses the main opportunity for Brisbane to reshape the urban fabric at a grander scale. A suitable template for vast urban renewal is found in the Haussmann reshaping of Paris in the late 1800s. By rebuilding multistorey housing / retail / office space along grand arterial roads (with
Free up flood data/information. Get over the legal fears/issues.
TIDAL-SCAPE is a concept for the area spanning Merivale Street Bridge to QPAC. Imagine walking through a tidal ecosystem designed, seeded and formed by nature. The system would be both shaped by and reliant on the tide and flooding as a part of its functioning and would serve as a valuable educational resource for both professionals and the public. Through the TIDAL-SCAPE concept nature claims
To flood proof Queensland… we need to build houses on the hills. This will protect the important things if it does floods on lower ground. To help stop it flooding though we also need to put holes in the ground which lead to big underground tanks. This will also stop us from running out of water or going back into drought.
The Crown Ecology House was designed over 10 years ago by an innovative Australian Engineer. The house is highly engineered, easy to erect, endorsed by CSRIO and tested to withstand cyclones and earthquakes. This house is ideally suited for flood-prone areas and can be easily erected and constructed. I met the man who designed the house earlier this year and I think it is ideal solution to h
International Ideas Competition For Low Impact Town Environments in Sub-tropical Areas Every man, and yes, his dog wants a piece of the flood rehabilitation pie. The locals and the well-connected have it sorted already. But this is an Australian pie and in fact there are global applications to be found for environmental disaster relief. Why not petition our elected representatives to take th
Make leading edge designed to ride over debris.
I would suggest a network of canals and reservoirs all across our country. The reservoirs can be away from cities in central Queensland/NSW/NT/WA regions. Our coastal area gets too much rainfall /cyclones etc and central Australia is dry. So whenever too much rainfall is in one area, water can be discharged into canals to take the water to any of the reservoirs and the water can be used later on
More urban density in non-affected areas. Parks, gardens, spaces in flood-prone areas. Plus better insurance regime for affected people.
Little platforms with roofs could be built on top of every building with a supply of food. Little safe houses (bombshelters) (without the bomb part)
Install a buoyant platform the surrounds the house. During flood events the platform will float exposing a protective membrane which will stop flood water damaging the house. Design and image by Daniel Smith.
The ‘Floatable House’, designed by Matrix Design & Planning, is a conceptual proposal combining the house with a floating system. The floating system comprises three key components. 1.Movable Footing Due to the renovated structure of reverse trapezium shape struts sleeving concrete ‘mortar’, the building is sitting on the foundation rather than fixed on it. The design increases
There is technology currently available in Australia to raise brick and stone buildings including slab on grade construction. Similar to wood frame ‘Queenslanders’ these buildings can be raised above the flood level with the ground storey reserved for car parking or other ‘flood tolerant’ uses. Raising of buildings has the added benefit of being applicable to existing houses or commercial
“The Urban Jungle” Go Between Bridge through to Goodwill Bridge The riverside boardwalk has been extended from William Jolly bridge to the Go Between bridge (montage A-A) . Large-scale man made berms are placed in key areas along the journey (montage B-B). As the journey progresses the Berms begin to evolve, becoming more interactive. Towards the end of the journey the occupier begins walk
TIDAL-SCAPE is an experiment in resilience, a landscape which depends on the Rivers’ tides and occasional flooding to form, evolve and function. TIDAL-SCAPE will be initially formed by; 1.Breaking down physical barriers such as retaining walls. 2.Allocating by public lottery, a 2m x 2m plot of land (to be located by GPS) to families, individuals and community groups. 3.These individuals/gr
I am constructing a house that I designed to cope with flooding among other things. My main structural concerns were wind, flooding, and soil instability and movement, followed by fire and termite resistance. The lowest level will be sacrificial non structural infill, or left for carparking, landscaping, or large family gatherings. External covering on the next two levels are corrugated steel, gla
Accurate flood modelling Making engineers accountable. For the record I am an engineer myself and my house got wiped out in the floods.
Everybody drink more water (8 glasses a day)
There are many ways to respond after seeing the damage done by the floods in Brisbane’s past. But it’s most important that we don’t choose to do nothing. “Hands Held High” is a phrase intended to encourage people to keep themselves dry for the next flood and to put their hands up to participate with the community in making a more flood-proof Brisbane. ...Ignore There’s nothing wors
With good scientific information and modelling we can create greenspace corridors down our South East Queensland waterways for multiple uses including flash flood /high flow attenuation, water quality improvement, nature conservation and openspace recreation.
This idea aims to increase the resilience of various types of infrastructure while accepting the fact that the flooding of the vulnerable terrain of Brisbane is to be a frequent event. The required transformation of these vulnerable areas, in order to achieve this aim, will be possible due to the gradual (over a 100 year period) abandonment by current residential and commercial uses following incr
Imagine you are walking along a timber deck, shaded by the deep green foliage of ferns and palms, smelling the clean air and listening to birds sing while they perch amongst sub tropical flowers. This abstract master plan proposes a city where such an environment exists. As infrastructure ages or is destroyed, it is substituted with better flood adapted design. River edges, currently rigid and imp
Design a flood free route for an additional two lanes of the Bruce Hwy. In this way the two new lanes will provide for a dual carriageway over the total length of the current two lane sections. This will allow for two lanes each way during normal operation. During major flood events the newly constructed two lanes will allow for flood free movement of traffic but only one lane each way. This propo
The amount of damaging debris that clogs the Brisbane River during flood events, not only pollutes the waterways but also clogs the river with potentially dangerous missiles to the landscape and surrounding infrastructure (bridges, pontoons etc) Orliegh park will be redeveloped as a densely vegetated and largely undulating landscape within the high depositional site which will encourgae deposits
Some streets become canals. Streets have water when flooded. Green-space when no floods.
Milton, Rosalie and Auchenflower were three of the most photographed suburbs that went under in the Brisbane flood. Floodwaters that inundated the shops, school and hundreds of residences, came up from the river along the floodpath of the former Western Creek. This much abused watercourse connects to the Brisbane River through a small culvert under the John Oxley Centre, beside the ill-fated Drif
A small plant, repeated many times, can help prevent our soils collapsing.
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.
Canterlever Kitchen and bathrooms to raise items above flood waters.
Hover Houses are hovering platforms that can change levels according to the height of the flood. It also has waterproof escalators creating a pathway connecting to the ground. This invention raises the houses above the water level to prevent destruction of houses, hotels, shop and any other structures that are not flood proof. Can support any weight or size and can be adapted in any city or climat
Water regeneration, permeable pavements that allow water to enter the groundwater and slowly enter the river system. Concrete pushes water directly into the water ways.
Heres a little something I have been working on since January with a couple of friends. Its nearly ready but heres a sneak peek. Share the Link and leave your comments. If you can help out in any way let us know even if its only a few hours volunteer work every week http://tinyurl.com/MRDPCSN
My idea focuses on the river edge between Howard Smith Waves and Sydney Street Ferry Terminal. The current issue with this area is public river access. The floating walkway was a great solution allowing public river views and interaction; unfortunately it was inundated so I used this opportunity to design a new approach. There are two main parts to my design; a tunnel and UV lighting. To achieve p
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
To flood proof Queensland… each house needs to have a drain. These drains lead to underground tunnels which take the water to the REALLY BIG underground dam away from the city/town. There is a gate that lets water stay or go to water plants or to houses or other towns.
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
Constantly moving and changing, rising and falling, the Brisbane River is hugely integral to the layout and design of Brisbane City. It is important that we respect the changing tides and river heights within our city on all riverside and flood prone areas. As a defining piece of central Brisbane, South Bank must be treated in this fashion and must be developed in such a way which it can co-exist
1. We should focus on retrofitting. 2. We need to better plan for stormwater not just the river.
Description of ideas: The image we have gone with is called Ikeas Ark because In 100 years time there will be a flood. This Ikeas Ark will be very useful as it will not only save people’s lives, pets and belongings, but also their houses. Because in 100 years, IKEA will be selling flat pack houses which can be set up and packed away in an hour. Ikeas Ark will be a luxury cruise boat, with 500
Often ferry terminals are placed in “loose spaces”, or just on the edges of building, often on the edge of a space. They usually have poor flows and if there is any connection it is only to foreshore; there is no connection to the space behind the terminals. The terminal could be used as a way to connect Brisbane with the river, create better connectivity, way finding and better flows. The
Apply infiltration and retention upstream. Including above Wivenhoe. By slowing the water here we potentially reduce the peak downstream. Such ideas could also reduce pollution including pesticides and fertilizers entering the system.
To flood proof Queensland… we need to build a mote around the houses/cities with underground pipes that carries the water to dams and other parts of the country that need water.
Northbanks Verge aims to facilitate the function of a busy transport corridor with the potential for an inner city exhibit of the river that shapes us. A manipulation of the grade and the offering of alternate pathways proposes an increased network of paths and spaces decreasing the effects of inundation by flooding. Varying the size of spaces and levels along the river, flooding would no longer c
More and affordable flood insurance, particularly for multi unit dwellings. Flood back-flow protection for storm water systems and sewerage systems.
Four areas of Brisbane, near the airport, had vacuum sewer reticulation areas rather than traditional gravity sewers. Stormwater could not enter the system, and clients in these areas could still operate and no overflows of sewage could occur. Many flood prone areas around the world use these systems. Contamination from raw sewerage is a big problem in a flood.
This idea is to move houses for the hills and make the plains for the people. It helps deliver on higher urban density, greater urban greenspace, fewer foodmiles (the plains are for community agriculture), reduced stormwater pollution (it is harvested and used for irrigation)
While there was a great sense of community after the flood and many volunteers emerged to help those affected, Ive been asked to flag that some of those impacted werent necessarily happy about how the situation was handled. Im told that in many cases, too much was thrown out that need not have been discarded and that apparently sometimes volunteers didnt respect the homeowners desire to be the one
During the devastating 2011 Brisbane flood, many watched their homes slowly disappear under the rising floodwaters, unable to do anything. This postcard looks at the idea of the “IKEA” house where occupants are able to dismantle all or part of their home into easily transportable components. In areas prone to flooding, we could look towards more temporary, transportable buildings that can be r
To flood proof Queensland… we need to build our important buildings like houses on hills. The water wont get the houses up on high land
Colonel John Pennycuick was commissioned by the Queensland Government to investigate the cause and impacts of the 1893 Brisbane flood and provide recommendations for preventing the occurrence of a similar disaster in the future. In November 1899 he published a report that identified the primary cause of flooding in Brisbane as the volume of water arriving upstream from the Stanley River. His ke
Houses on stilts (works in Asia). Devise a porous concrete that allows surplus water to soak into soil and bedrock.
More Tunnels! (to siphon flood water underground)
Multifunctional Parks proposes the meaningful and safe integration of flood detention and stormwater quality measures into parkland. This can lead to higher quality parks, more efficient land use, a reduction in development costs and a reduction in park maintenance costs. These parks can have quick drying active recreational areas (so kids can play sport soon after it stops raining) and functi
This Strategy is considering the next 100 years and aims to: -Accept the condition of the fluid terrain rationale by lowering resistance to it. -Increase the resilience of the different layers of infrastructure. -Explore the opportunities that could exist within the fluid terrain and on its periphery. This page is a condensed version of a strategic plan that is being used to generate a mas