Designing for Impact

March 2016   The Houston - Galveston Region

Client

  • Houston-Galveston Area Council

Category

Key Personnel

Recognition

  • 2016 APA Texas Chapter Planning Award (Current Planning Award)

Communicating strategies to help more property owners, engineers, planners, designers, and developers apply best management practices for green stormwater infrastructure across the Houston region.

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Key Points

A guide that makes low impact development accessible to multiple audiences.

Regional Leadership

Recognizing the growing need for low impact development (LID), the project created an accessible guidebook for stakeholders, including property owners, engineers, planners, designers, and developers to apply best management practices for green stormwater infrastructure across the Houston region.

Design Accessibility

The guidebook promoted the use of LID as an environmentally friendly and cost-effective approach to development using clear graphics, case studies, and sample estimates. The project demystified a complex issue and made it more accessible, allowing a broader audience to participate in its benefits.

Sustainability

The project highlights Asakura Robinsons philosophy of incorporating sustainability into landscape architecture, planning, and design and the firm’s ability to accommodate future development and manage stormwater.

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Cognizant of the growing need for sustainable development, H-GAC’s Designing for Impact: Regional Guide to Low Impact Development promoted the use of low impact development (LID) as an environmentally friendly and cost-effective approach to development. Using rich and easy-to-understand graphics, the guide explains how LID functions, benefits of LID, and ways to overcome obstacles to implementation.


The guide was targeted towards stakeholders of development, including property owners, engineers, planners, designers, and developers. The guidebook provided best management practices for green stormwater infrastructure by demystifying a complex issue and making it more accessible and increasing its impact in the region.

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