Designing For The Extreme

A group of CCY team members responded to an AIA Houston design competition calling for housing concepts that could withstand the type of catastrophic conditions—extreme wind, rain, and flooding—that were caused by Hurricane Harvey.

Well versed in housing and community design, the team embraced the opportunity to design an innovative housing prototype and site strategy that responds to extreme weather events and fosters community engagement.

High+Dry Concept 

The idea is simple: give both the water and the people a place to go

Many flood prone communities simply raise houses off the ground, protecting them from flood waters, but also cutting off pedestrian access, and eliminating front porch culture altogether. CCY’s proposal reconnects the lifted homes to a raised network of green pedestrian alleys, allowing the community to have both street level connections and flood protection. In the event of a flood, the water flows freely through the lower streets, while the raised pedestrian alley becomes a network corridor to connect neighbors, resources, and rescue personnel.

[01] Prototype house, as seen in plans [2] Connective green alley [3] Alternate house configuration using the same design standards [4] Street, built to flood [05] Native wetland prairie plants, extended root systems for absorbing water into already saturated ground [06] Raised grade for connective alley built on landfill [07] Pre-finished metal siding and roof [08] Terraced entry steps and porch [09] Covered back deck with ceiling fan
CCY High+Dry team members Cody Gabaldon, Jenny Trumble, Jenny Narrod, and Sean O'Bryant. Recipient of an AIA Colorado Honorable Mention Design Award

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