Houston 2020 Visions
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Categories for Submission: S,M,L,XL
Special Support for Submission Guidelines provided by Donna Kacmar and Susan Rogers from the University of Houston Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design, Community Design Resource Center
SMALL – Individuals, Households & Small Businesses
• Stable, safe and affordable housing
• Access to affordable healthcare
• Access to quality food sources
• Employment & Income stability
• Access to transportation – public and personal
• Disaster preparedness and response
Food / Water
Cleaning & maintenance/repair supplies
Personal Hygiene & Medical Supplies
Communication/Support group connection
● How do individual households become more resilient?
● What organizations/agencies assist with this?
● What information do people need? And how is it distributed?
● How is assistance provided for those with high needs?
● How do individual households prepare for a disaster? What organizations/agencies assist with this?
● What happens immediately following the disaster?
● How are individuals provided with assistance?
● What do people need to recover long-term?
● What are the barriers to individual preparedness and recovery?
MEDIUM – Houses, Housing, Buildings, Businesses
• Schools / Childcare / Early Childhood Education
• Hospitals / Community Centers / Non-Profit Organizations
• Businesses / Commercial Structures
● What resources exist and are needed for assessing, repairing and maintaining existing buildings?
● What can be done to prepare structures for a disaster?
● What needs to happen immediately after a disaster or power outage?
● What organizations/funders are assisting with recovery at the building scale?
● How do you design for future natural disasters? Or greater resilience? Elevating? Buyouts? New construction?
● What is the impact of our current building code, and how could these regulations be re-considered?
● What are the barriers to resilient design and construction?
Possibly: What does resilient design look like for homes vs. commercial and institutional structures?
LARGE – Neighborhoods (including issues of equity and access)
• Industry (Toxic, Refineries)
• Waste (Debris)
• Wastewater (Infrastructure/Release)
● What are the barriers to resilient communities?
● How do we assess and address resilience vulnerabilities at the neighborhood scale?
● How can new neighborhoods be developed and designed to create more resilient communities? How can existing neighborhoods be retrofitted to support more resilient communities?
● How do cycles of disinvestment and gentrification in neighborhoods threaten individual and cultural resilience?
● How can existing neighborhood groups like HOAs, PTAs, Civic Clubs and Super Neighborhoods support and generate resiliency efforts?
● What should happen at the neighborhood scale to prepare for a disaster? How can government, nonprofits and the private sector aid this preparation?
● What organizations/funders are assisting with neighborhood scale preparedness and recovery?
● What systems need to be working immediately following a disaster at the neighborhood scale? Transit, schools, etc.?
● What immediate resources should be available at the neighborhood scale?
● What needs to be in place for a neighborhood to organize and communicate following a disaster?
EXTRA LARGE – City / County / Region
• Transportation (Roads, METRO, ride-share)
• Bayous / Drainage Channels / Reservoirs
• Council Districts - www.houstontx.gov/council/maps.html
• Watersheds - https://www.hcfcd.org/drainage-network/harris-countys-watersheds/
● What are the barriers to a more resilient city?
● How do cities and counties address stresses on long term resiliency such as inequalities in income, education, housing and access to food and healthcare.
● What development and planning models could create more resilient growth patterns?
● How does a region identify vulnerabilities to disasters such as weather, flooding, drought, terrorism and economic events?
● How does the city/county prepare for a disaster? At what scale is this necessary?
● What are the immediate responses at the city and county scale?
● Who are the organizations the city and county work in partnership with to prepare and respond to a disaster?
● How can we improve the available funding sources and structures for resiliency projects?
● What city and county systems need to be readied to respond to a disaster? Emergency first responders, transportation, schools, city offices, community centers?
● What are strategies for more robust flooding infrastructure?
● What strategies should the city and county have to address larger stresses on resiliency such as climate change and adverse political policies from State and National government.