In a time when digital tools outpace design methods, we see an increasing obligation to provide empirical support for a historically qualitatively-oriented design profession. This condition necessitates a research framework that facilitates a more comprehensive assessment of both context condition and design effect; one that integrates a comprehensive predictive system that allows us to test various scenarios against systemic performance criteria. Motivated by extensive discourse on health and environmental stability surrounding urban hydrologic systems, and the implication of uninformed design in the propagation of health and environmental stability, EpiFlow tooling proposes a new way of incorporating consequences of hydrological processes into the early stages of design process. By utilizing computation and visual scripting as a means of embedding information into the modeling environment, EpiFlow integrates storm water runoff and water management models directly into the 3d modeling test-bed. The intention is to assimilate direct visual and quantitative feedback on water flow behavior within a single interface, and to provide rapid design feedback that would enable integration of natural systems into holistic design thinking while engaging larger systemic issues of the site. Currently, the algorithms utilized within EpiFlow mainly address urban storm water runoff and household waste water systems. These two systems, already addressed within the architectural discipline by standardized metrics, are essential for such analysis, and historically have been central to issues of pollution, health dangers, resource waste, and environmental degradation. This paper explains the EpiFlow tool and workflow, as well as explores its implications on design process within an academic setting.
- Digital Elevation Model
- Geographic Information System
- Runoff Coefficient
- Green Infrastructure
- Storm Water Runoff
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.
This is a preview of subscription content, access via your institution.
Tax calculation will be finalised at checkout
Purchases are for personal use onlyLearn about institutional subscriptions
Center for Watershed Protection (2015) New York State stormwater management design manual. New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Albany
Horner RR, Skupien JJ, Livingston EH, Shaver HE (1994) Fundamentals of urban runoff management: technical and institutional issues. The Terrene Institute, with US EPA, Washington, pp 3–59
Marlow DR, Moglia M, Cook S, Beale DJ (2013) Toward sustainable urban water management: a critical reassessment. Water Res Urban Water Manage Increase Sustain Cities 47(20):7150–7161
Strom S, Nathan K, Woland J (2013) Site engineering for landscape architects, 6th edn. Wiley, Hoboken
United States Environmental Protection Agency (2008) Handbook for developing watershed plans to restore and protect our waters. US EPA, Office of Water, Nonpoint Source Control Branch, Washington
United States Environmental Protection Agency (2012) Urbanization and streams: studies of hydrologic impacts. US EPA, Office of Water. Available via US EPA website: http://water.epa.gov/polwaste/nps/urban/report.cfm. Accessed 26 June 2015
United States Geology Survey (2015) Water resources surface water software. Available via USGS website: http://water.usgs.gov/software/lists/surface_water/. Accessed 10 June 2015
This project was funded by Decade of Design Grant: The AIA Urban and Regional Solutions Challenge, Targeted Research for Real-World Solutions to Urban and Regional Design Challenges, AIA and ACSA; in consultation with Prof. Nina Baird, CMU.
Editors and Affiliations
© 2015 Springer International Publishing Switzerland
About this chapter
Cite this chapter
Cupkova, D., Azel, N., Mondor, C. (2015). EPIFLOW: Adaptive Analytical Design Framework for Resilient Urban Water Systems. In: Thomsen, M., Tamke, M., Gengnagel, C., Faircloth, B., Scheurer, F. (eds) Modelling Behaviour. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-24208-8_35
Publisher Name: Springer, Cham
Print ISBN: 978-3-319-24206-4
Online ISBN: 978-3-319-24208-8