Building with Nature in Galveston Bay

Flooding caused by Hurricane Ike in September 2008 resulted in major damage around Galveston Bay and Houston, Texas. MSc student Robert de Boer (TU Delft ), studied the concept of ‘ Building with Nature’ ( BwN ) for his MSc thesis. For Galveston Bay, a method was developed to gain insight in the value of the Building with Nature concept in the light of creating opportunities for nature in combination with flood prevention. After this, a design was made with BwN elements. To reduce flood risk in Galveston Bay significantly, BwN measures could be combined with ‘hard’ protection can be combined.