Prairie Waterway Stormwater Park: Completed in 1996, a drainage system for a new development serves to create 91-acres of green public space for a new residential community in Minnesota.

Prairie Waterway Stormwater Park: Completed in 1996, a drainage system for a new development serves to create 91-acres of green public space for a new residential community in Minnesota.

Prairie Waterway Stormwater Park: Completed in 1996, a drainage system for a new development serves to create 91-acres of green public space for a new residential community in Minnesota.

Prairie Waterway Stormwater Park: Completed in 1996, a drainage system for a new development serves to create 91-acres of green public space for a new residential community in Minnesota.

Sejong PAT: A net-zero, 664-acre master plan for a new administrative town in South Korea. Under construction in six phases. Balmori's always thought of green roofs as the "fifth facade".

Sejong PAT: A net-zero, 664-acre master plan for a new administrative town in South Korea. Under construction in six phases. Balmori's always thought of green roofs as the "fifth facade".

Beale Street Landing: A collaboration with RTN Architects, Balmori is working on a new riverfront park, connected to a ferry terminal, that is designed to flood with the Mississippi River in Memphis, Tennessee. Under construction

The Architect Working Against The Tide

“Landscape architecture,” says architect Diana Balmori, “is an agile tool kit for dealing with the complexity of the city.” That complexity--exacerbated by the now annual recurrence of “storms of the century”--has inspired her work for decades. Balmori has addressed lake and flooding issues in Minneapolis and Memphis, and now wants to buttress New York for the next Hurricane Sandy. Balmori’s plan calls for floating islands on the edge of Manhattan. The man-made islands, woven from ropes and marshy plants, would provide a buffer against heavy rainfall as well as extra land for urban farming.

[Portrait illustration by Denise Nestor]

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