A Stantec concept known as the Lily Pad NetworkTM was recently selected for inclusion in the Houston 2020 Visions exhibit and publication. A collaboration between AIA Houston and Houston City Council Member David W. Robinson, FAIA, Houston 2020 Visions was a year-long, open call for ideas that can help Houston move forward as a resilient and sustainable city. The program challenged designers to think outside their professional silos to reimagine the environment at all scales and facets, thus creating a new vision for the future as a city.
The Lily Pad Network concept activates existing community assets, such as schools, community centers, and faith centers to act as safe havens (or “lily pads”). Tethered to the community and each other, these lily pads provide a framework to support the full disaster cycle of preparation, response, and recovery. The Lily Pad Network also identifies neighborhoods that are lacking in these resilient facilities and provides a strategy to create a new typology within those communities to meet their specific needs. The strategy was developed after the Houston Resiliency Innovation Workshop hosted by Stantec, which brought together 50 local and national experts, stakeholders, and community leaders to discuss current issues in Houston, anticipate shocks and stresses of the future, and provide a platform for new thinking on creating a more resilient future.
“It has been such an honor to be able to participate in the Houston 2020 Visions exhibition and to contribute to the critically important dialogue around a more resilient future in Houston,” said Laura Sachtleben, senior principal and education practice leader in Texas at Stantec. Sachtleben also served as co-leader for the Innovation Workshop.
Stantec’s Lily Pad Network was selected from dozens of submissions for the Houston 2020 Visions exhibit and publication. Furthermore, it was one of only three proposals elevated by the national jury as “Visionary,” due in part to its scalability and its broad range from emergency response to community growth and resilience. The Houston 2020 Visions exhibit will launch on August 31, 2020 at www.Houston2020Visions.org, and the in-person exhibit is expected to debut in fall 2020 at the Architecture Center Houston (ArCH).
Stantec has offices throughout Texas that include professionals providing services in architecture and interior design; civil, structural, and MEP engineering; environmental restoration, remediation, and permitting; surveying; land planning and landscape architecture; transportation; and water and wastewater engineering.
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