Planning for Floods at the University of Iowa: A Challenge for Resilience and Sustainability

[Note: This post refers to Charles Connerly, Lucie Laurian, and James Throgmorton. 2016. Planning for Floods at the University of Iowa: A Challenge for Resilience and Sustainability. Journal of Planning History 1538513216646131, first published on May 6, 2016. A complete version of the paper can be found at: http://jph.sagepub.com/content/early/2016/05/05/1538513216646131.abstract ]

Why does a large institution build in a flood-prone area and how does it respond when flooding causes great damage? This is a case study of a major flood event—the 2008 Iowa–Cedar River flood—and the University of Iowa, whose recovery is expected to cost about US$750 million. The case explores the factors that led a major institution to invest so much of its infrastructure into a flood-prone river shed and then describes and evaluates the decision-making process the University has undertaken with the goal of becoming a more sustainable and resilient campus.

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