The International Stream Daylighting Series is a gathering of community members, professionals, and educators to share visions, insights, and ideas about uncovering urban creeks and rivers, in a process known as daylighting. Daylighting, a multi-disciplinary approach to the fields of planning, engineering, architecture, natural sciences, social sciences, and business, will be viewed through the lens of urban hydrology. Local and state government agencies, non-profit organizations, and community leaders will move beyond watershed issues to solutions to revitalizing lost riparian habitats. As Ann Riley - a pioneer of stream daylighting in Berkeley, California - explains, “Stream restoration [and daylighting] is neighborhood restoration” (Urban Stream Restoration 1998).
Cities, Water, and Interdisciplinary Planning and Engineering
Join Tim Dekker of LimnoTech for a discussion on urban waterway restoration and redevelopment in North America. Cities worldwide are growing in prominence as part of a global trend toward urbanization, and increasingly developers and city planners are working to daylight hidden streams and reclaim once-neglected waterfronts. In many American cities, emerging waterfront neighborhoods have driven a need to find a dynamic balance between the urban environment and the hydrologic and ecologic requirements of the streams, rivers, harbors and estuaries they border. Design competitions have been conducted in many North American cities over the last decade to generate new strategies and development plans that revitalize urban waterways and foster integrated human use and hydrologic and ecologic benefit.
This talk describes several competitions and subsequent projects as multidisciplinary creative efforts supported by a strong technical understanding of local hydrology, and local riverine and estuarine ecology. In response, the cities of Toronto, St. Louis, Austin, Tulsa, and Dallas are undertaking major modifications to their waterways and adjacent neighborhoods, creating new public parks and novel ecological systems that bring public open space, quality of place, beauty, and value creation to cities. Approaching the design challenges associated with such projects requires a new kind of partnership across the disciplines of landscape architecture, urban planning, engineering, and the physical, chemical, and biological sciences; and new tools for technical analysis and creative collaboration.
About the Speaker
Tim Dekker, PhD, PE - President of LimnoTech, Tim is an environmental and water resources engineer with expertise in the characterization and modeling of surface water, sediments, and groundwater systems; analysis of contaminant fate and transport; and wastewater systems modeling and monitoring. He has served as an adjunct professor of environmental engineering at The University of Michigan. He has led numerous investigations to describe all aspects of contaminated sites. In addition, he has developed and directed large-scale environmental monitoring efforts, wastewater projects, and river restoration studies.