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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
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
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
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
Picture 1: House on the Ground This image is of a normal house on the bank of the Brisbane River in 100 years time, when anything is possible. If this house had no technological advances then it would almost certainly be inundated with water. Option 1: House with legs This house can easily grow a large pair of legs that can walk it all over the city, to vacant land so the house will be safe dur
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 .
To flood proof our houses we can change how we build them. We can build our houses using concrete as the base. In this concrete we have a plug. This plug has a sensor and when it feels that water is building up over it, it opens and the water is sucked through. This stops it from flooding.
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
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
Everybody drink more water (8 glasses a day)
The Cutting Edge concept works with the existing site to create one system of resilience and the physical environment. This concept aims to provide guidance, knowledge and methods to all people worldwide by setting an example of living in flood-prone environments. Human interference and aid of support in a flooding crisis will become something of the past. This concept works with widening threshol
We can’t flood proof Queensland because we have no control over the rain, where it goes or how heavily it falls. So what we need to try and do is stop the damage flood water causes. To do this, I think we should build our houses and buildings so that the base is made in the same way to a boat. This would mean that if it flooded again, the houses would simply float and not get damaged.
Town planning and always remember past history.
In exploring the recommendation of a ‘regulating reservoir’ at the junction of the Stanley and Brisbane rivers, Colonel John Pennycuick presented two ideas for important issues that would arise from the construction of this dam. The first idea addressed who would control the reservoir. He believed that: “…the absolute control of the regulation be placed in the hands of an individual
This is my DIMONDILIA SEMI DOME. If a flood ever occurs the flood will hit the very hard glass bowl and not come in and trash the whole of Brisbane. This is effective and the people of Brisbane do not need to feel like they have spent their whole lives in a gigantic glass dome. It is called SEMI DOME because it is a dome with no top so people can breathe and have that lovely air. This may have a d
Dams that have our water supply that go off into pipes should have ways to activate release (eg. holes all along it that can slide open) that way we can disperse the excess water in emergency.
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
Stop putting carbon into the atmosphere to limit sea level rise.
Firstly what items of a house cause the greatest cost. Rank these. Take the top 20% of the list and try to research and fund how we can make these items more reliable i.e not to fail, and maintainable i.e. how easy, quickly and cheaply it is to repair/replace after it fails. From a top down approach for new houses a floating house with poles buried into the ground that slide up and down say 5-10m
Space ships carting the water to Mars to transform the planet so that we can inhabit that place, start all over.
During flood events the houses become an empty shell. The shell is made of strong, resistant materials to withstand the flood waters. After the water has evaporated the shell can be hosed out and the structure can be cleaned with ease. Design and image by Daniel Smith.
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
1. All future housing (living areas) near river subject to flooding to be above the flood line and change height regulation. 2. Place non-return valves in storm water drains going into the river at flood prone areas. 3. Institute a general state flood-insurance scheme.
When a flood is coming send council vans with loudspeakers up and down the streets broadcasting local water level estimates. Similar vans are sometimes used when the water mains are being turned off. This would be a more effective way of encouraging people to evacuate than only sending SES door knocking. - Our house flooded, we never saw the SES and many on our street evacuated with no belongings
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
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.
Better planning and development controls - legally enforced Dont permit development on flood plains.
More Tunnels! (to siphon flood water underground)
- Permeable pavements - Water/rain into table water - Re-organize urban planning
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.
All parks should have a knoll that is above accepted flood levels. The knoll should be used to site critical (and expensive) park infrastructure including shelters, playgrounds, clubhouses and amenities. The knoll can be created by selecting a new park with suitable topography and / or using earthworks to create the knoll. For existing parks, new infrastructure should only be funded and constructe
1. The River Hydraulic interlocking panels along the rivers edge provide a footpath/bikeway for everyday use but these panels can be hydraulically raised during floods to provide a temporary levee to protect against flooding. This concept could also be used to create channels to redirect excess water to minimise flood damage 2. The HomeSame principle; interlocking hydraulic panels that form a
Keep houses light weight and be able to be raised when a flood is signaled.
Rural swimming programmes to increase water/flood safety awareness in these sometimes very dry/sometimes very wet areas.
Free up flood data/information. Get over the legal fears/issues.
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
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
Manage flood plains for floods not against them.
This design is located in West End which was a site predominately affected by stormwater backup during the floods of 2011. The overall concept of this design was to create a water cleansing urban parkland, which will restore and promote biodiversity within the site whilst creating a healthy, educational, recreational and ecological environment. This project builds the resilience of the site for
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
I don’t think we can flood proof Queensland because we cant control the rain. I think we can just stop the damage floods cause. So, we need to build our houses on a big block of cement. This will make the houses very strong and high so that the water can’t get into the houses, or wash them away.
Have a warning system that where all residents connected to the water grid (outside river areas), are alerted, and asked to turn on all of their hoses into their gardens (calculate the water drain of one hose and refund that ammount on water bills).
A community centre in each town that is higher off the ground.
They should release water from the dams during the wet season so that if we do get a lot of rain like we did last year it would be okay. But only release enough water so that we still have enough water if it doesnt rain like it did.
Some streets become canals. Streets have water when flooded. Green-space when no floods.
Life is more valuable than any other valuable item. Remember that the idea is to be resilient, have an action plan, learn more about your area, find a safe place that you can go as close to home as possible. Educate yourself about First Aid, Learn to swim, discuss your ideas about emergencies with family and friends.Youll feel a lot more comfortable when you are informed.PS. Always wear clean undi
To flood proof Queensland we could build houses that have extendable stilts/stumps. This means that as the water rises we can just increase the height of our buildings through an automatic system by the press of a button so that the water just flows underneath.
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
The individual and societal response to the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan can be studied as an example for what can be achieved in community preparedness. Japanese children undertake regular earthquake drills in schools, and the society is always ready. While the last big event was Kobe 1995, everyone was prepared in March 2011. This is a resilient country. Unfortunately, much of Bris
More urban density in non-affected areas. Parks, gardens, spaces in flood-prone areas. Plus better insurance regime for affected people.
Our city is built on a floodplain so any idea to flood proof can realistically only ever remain an idea
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.
After the recent Brisbane floods there was an overwhelming response by the public to assist in the clean up. The co-ordination however left many eager volunteers with nowhere to go. If volunteers were allocated a response area prior to the event it would greatly reduce the confusion and allow for quick, efficient action.
Have false flood evacuations twice a year so people get used to it instead of staying in their houses being ridiculous.
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.
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.
An idea outside the box, capturing the imagination of young architects minds and combining it with the Brisbane flood crisis to create a better environment for the victims. This design proposes an idea to preserve the precious belongings of flood victims as well as allow people to navigate effectively during flood times.
“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
Unlike what has happened in the past few years, the council could require developers of multi-storey buildings to put building services above flood levels in areas where flooding could occur rather than allow those services to be put in the basements. When building services are damaged by flood waters it affects all residents in the building not just residents on the ground floor. It displaces man