Galen is an Associate Professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning at Texas A&M University (TAMU). He also is the Associate Department Head, Coordinator of the Bachelor of Science in Urban and Regional Planning Program and Director of the Center for Housing and Urban Development at TAMU. Simultaneously, he is the current Vice President for Research and Creative Scholarship for the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture. Galen’s research interests include urban regeneration, land use science, spatial analytics, urban resilience, and community/urban design. His work has been published in many high-quality peer-reviewed outlets including the Journal of the American Planning Association (JAPA), Landscape Journal, Environment and Planning B and Landscape Research. His work has been funded through numerous internal and external funding sources including the National Science Foundation and the National Institute of Environmental Health. He has won many awards for his research including the Excellence in Research and Creative Scholarship Award from the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture and the Best Paper Award from the Journal of the American Planning Association. For his teaching efforts, his has also led many efforts to provide service learning opportunities which have won national and state awards including three American Society of Landscape Architects National Awards (ASLA), sixteen ASLA, Texas Chapter Awards, a American Planning Association, Texas Chapter Award and being designated as both a Service Learning Faculty Fellow and Student Success Faculty Fellow at TAMU.
Integrating a Resilience Scorecard and Landscape Performance into a Geodesign Process
Climate change has had observable ecological, social, and economic impacts on the built environment. Wetland loss, increased coastal inundation, and increases in the duration/frequency of flooding can all be attributed to sea level rise. NOAA predicts that mean sea level will rise by 6.29 feet by 2100 in the U.S. Gulf Coast. Adjustments in landscape conditions have been shown to assist in mitigating the effects of flooding and sea level rise.
The Landscape Architecture Foundation has developed tools to quantitatively assess the performance of landscape conditions. Other analytical-planning methods, such as the resilience scorecard (Berke et al, 2015), use quantitative conditional performance measures to reduce losses from hazard events. While these analyses can provide a sound foundation for design decision-making, they remain relatively separate from Geodesign. Using Steinitz’s framework, which specifies six models to be produced within a Geodesign process, the authors integrated the resilience scorecard (as the evaluation model), a vertical buffer tool (as the process model) to project sea level rise, and landscape performance (as an impact model). The process used the resilience scorecard to assess flood vulnerability using projections for the 100 year floodplain with sea level rise by 2100. Projections were used as a guide to spatially execute a resilient master plan for League City. Future impacts of the plan were projected using landscape performance measures. The design projects to decrease the 100-year floodplain area from 76% to 16% and $1.3 billion is generated by life cycle benefits by 2100.