WB03 - Collaborative Research, Tool-Making, and the Water Challenge

Tuesday, November 7 from 10:15 AM to 11:45 AM | 205B « Back

Abstract Text:

This session will share three tools focused on integrated sustainable approaches to design. The tools provide both visual and technical information to inform and analyze alternatives.

  1. The AIA awarded the 2015 Latrobe Research Prize to the Arid Lands Institute, The Nature Conservancy, Perkins+Will, and City of LA Bureau of Engineering. We will present a methodology for drylands and will discuss progress on a modeling tool, HAZEL, for aiding architects, planners and policy makers. HAZEL is a tool for shaping neighborhood and building-scale hydrologic functions that are networked for optimal watershed performance.
  2. We will demonstrate a water visualization tool for a rapid means to evaluate conservation, re-use, or replenishment strategies informed by GIS and "big data" inputs.
  3. We will present the Ecosystem Services Identification & Inventory (ESII) tool to show how analysis of options affect design decisions, which is used by non-experts and decision makers to measure the benefits of nature-based approaches, to provide assessment information to inform cost and performance decisions through five performance metrics.

Learning Objectives:

... appreciate the value of building cross-disciplinary alliances between architectural designers, non-profit organizations, and the public to bring the climate change, resiliency, and water challenge debate to broader constituency.

... list the common problem-solving and process traits shared by three different research and software tool development projects covering 1) concept stage, 2) early prototype, and 3) working implementation versions.

... describe how design tools can aid in quicker framing of possible solution scenarios by accessing "big data," generating parallel coordinate, sankey, or other interactive visuals to analyze multiple options.

... evaluate and discuss benefits and constraints relative to practitioners, profession, and the public of the demonstated decision-making systems for hydrologically-strategic urban and building design problems.

Learning Level:

Level 200 – Understanding/Comprehension


GBCI Credit Hours:
AIA Credit Hours:
1.5 LU|HSW

Education Tracks: WaterBuild Summit

Event Type: WaterBuild Summit > Session