New Environmental Architecture

By Regin Schwaen.

Published by The Sustainability Collection

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This paper presents research and ideas on how to live and plan with a fluctuating river in the Basin of the Red River of the North in the United States. It examines intersections between urbanization and its consequences, wetlands and edges, as well as existing city structures and new developments. This paper begins with an overview of the landscape and how it was created by glaciers, the construction of the Northern Pacific Railroad and the gateway to the west, and the development of prairie to farmland. The second part of the paper is devoted to the resent record high flooding of 2009 and 2010 and the influence on urban living and the construction of a fortress of sandbags and temporary dikes. The conclusion in the third part of the paper discusses the construction of a future “soft” plan for an archipelago of urban flood walls versus a more “hard” plan constructing traditional levees and diversion canals and seeks measures of environmental sustainability for both.

Keywords: Prairie, Urbanization, Flood Zone, Flood Walls, Dikes, Levees, Fabric Form, Environmental Sustainability

The International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Volume 7, Issue 3, pp.289-300. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 3.072MB).

Regin Schwaen

Associate Professor, Department of Architecture & Landscape Architecture, North Dakota State University, Fargo, North Dakota, USA

Regin Schwaen is an Associate Professor at North Dakota State University where he teaches and lectures in architecture in the Department of Architecture & Landscape Architecture. He moved to the US in 2000 after teaching architecture for 5 years at The Royal Academy in Copenhagen. He has received several prizes and honorable mentions in domestic and international competitions and participated in many exhibitions. In 2005 he was among the finalist with a proposal for the Mosaic Foundation in Washington DC. In 2003, in collaboration with Margarita McGrath, the proposal “Smile Island” for the lakeshore of Chicago was recognized as a Notable Design Scheme by the Graham Foundation. In 2002 he was exhibited and published in “The Secret of the Shadow – Light and Shadow in Architecture” at Deutsches Architektur Museum in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Regin Schwaen studied 2 years at Düsseldorf Kunstakademie, 2 years in London, and began and finished his education at Arkitektskolen i Aarhus in Denmark. His research interests are in the area of minimal structures in concrete, ferro-cement, and fabric form.

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