Date of Submission

Spring 5-9-2022

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Architecture

Department

Architecture

Primary Advisor

DR. PEGAH ZAMANI

Abstract

According to FEMA, flooding is the most frequent and costly natural disaster in the United States (National Flood Insurance Program and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 2010). The risk it poses to both people and property will only increase in the coming years due to the increasing effects of Climate Change. Additionally, the effects of Climate Change mean that areas that were once safe from flooding are now in danger and their current infrastructure was not designed to withstand the impact and effects of the more frequent and dangerous flooding occurrences. Climate Change effects temperature, sea levels, and the increasing frequency of storms which leads to rising numbers of flood occurrences, not only on the coast but also on river systems and the cities and communities around them. We must begin to adapt the current urban environment to not only withstand but also embrace the coming changes in our landscapes. For example, floodable parks and gardens have become widely accepted and appreciated strategies to embrace water as an enriching aspect rather than a destructive one. The purpose of this thesis is to identify and adapt nature-based urban design solutions along a section of the North Oconee River in Athens that will not only adhere to existing flood protection standards but also benefit the area’s existing community by increasing its resilience and vitality.

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