At a glance, the Inwood Forest neighborhood is idyllic. Designed as a suburban paradise with golf course winding throughout, this neighborhood is nestled along the bayou and boasts large stands of pre-existing Post Oaks. The failure of the golf course only seemed to highlight the natural beauty of this community just minutes from downtown Houston. As the daily routine of the course fell to quarterly mowing and maintenance of water features and low spots disappeared, the pristine links were replaced with wetland edges and scruffy scrub lines. Now as part of massive flood mitigation strategies this now distressed suburb is facing the replacement of their natural backyard with maximum volume detention basins. We’ll explore how this neighborhood came to be in this position and the strategies we’re using to create opportunities for a new vision of neighborhood based, flood detention design.
1.0 PDH – HSW
Peter Caldwell – Senior Designer – Asakura Robinson