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Design Disrupted
Design moves forward when rules are broken. Faculty showcase ongoing research projects that challenge the status quo or cause people to rethink the approach to a problem.

Before the City, there was the Sand

This November, a team of University of Illinois students won an American Society of Landscape Architecture (ASLA) award for a research project that addresses urban flooding in Calumet City near Chicago.


Weathering the storms: How one team of Illinois researchers is addressing urban flooding

Landscape Architecture professor Mary Pat McGuire shares her vision for addressing urban flooding in a new article


Technology Undermines the Restorative Benefits of Nature

We know that spending time in nature brings restorative benefits, but does it still provide the benefits if we are using technology?


What Houston Is Learning About Underground Tunnels To Mitigate Flooding

Professor Mary Pat McGuire was recently interviewed by NPR’s Houston bureau about the flood mitigation tunnels in Chicago and alternative approaches.


Disrupting the Surface of a City

Professor Mary Pat McGuire has a different approach to Chicago's rain problem. Instead of whisking the rainwater away, could it be valued as a resource?