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Victor Stanley: Inwood Forest: Equity Reimagined in the face of Suburban Decline


Wednesday, September 16, 2020 @ 2:00 pm EDT
Wednesday, September 16, 2020 @ 3:00 pm EDT


Start: Wednesday, September 16, 2020 @ 2:00 pm EDT
End: Wednesday, September 16, 2020 @ 3:00 pm EDT


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

Peter Caldwell is a Landscape Architect who has had a love of plants since he was a teenager. He moved to Houston in 2014 upon completion of his degree Landscape Architecture and his Masters in Ecological Sciences at Purdue University. With a strong belief in the connections between people and the natural environment, he understands the interconnectedness of ecosystems and the health of society. His Master’s work focused on the complex nature of large urban systems and how to build in resiliency. He is Chair-elect for Texas Chapter, Houston-Gulf Coast Section of the American Society of Landscape Architects and TX Conference 2021 Co-Chair, where he is an advocate for education to increase professional knowledge and public awareness of the profession. He spoke at the ASLA National Conference on using Universal Design for more accessible & inclusive public spaces and brings these perspectives into every project, designing flexible systems that have a positive impact and are usable by all.
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