Landscape Architecture Students' Entries Selected for Publication in International DeltaCompetition

October 13, 2010 — Three projects from University of Virginia graduate landscape architecture students have been selected for publication by the DeltaCompetition, an international competition that challenged students to formulate creative solutions for adapting the delta cities of the world to climate change impacts.

David Wooden's project was selected as one of the three winning entries. He received $3,000 and an expenses-paid trip to Rotterdam, The Netherlands, to present his work at the "Deltas in Times of Climate Change" conference, held Sept. 29 through Oct. 1.

His project, "The Big Leak: Adaptive Responses to New Orleans' Land Subsidence Crisis," was completed as part of assistant professor of landscape architecture Jorg Sieweke's fall 2009 New Orleans studio. The jurors commented, "An intelligent combination of water (infiltration) to combat subsidence. A well-presented integrated solution and very applicable."

Two other U.Va. projects were also selected for publication: "Baltimore Water Works," by Maggie Hansen and Suzanne Mathew; and "Transformative Shift," by Andrea Parker and Julia Price.

Competition organizers asked for original, practical and scientifically supported ideas for responding to increasing threats facing delta cities and their inhabitants. Entries came from across a number of disciplines and spanned five continents. The top 10 submissions will be published in a book by the competition organizers.

For information on the competition, see the Royal Haskoning website.

Results of the "Deltas in Times of Climate Change" conference are on the conference website.

— By Ellen Cathey