The FARGO PROJECT

FARGO, NORTH DAKOTA

THE FARGO PROJECT
Fargo, North Dakota

BLD's ROLE
Community engagement, Landscape ecology, Land Use Planning

CLIENT 
City of Fargo

 

BLD is working with the City of Fargo to develop the Ecological Stormwater Guidebook (ESG), a comprehensive set of guidelines to be utilized by the city, developers, and neighborhood groups, that will address the unusual challenges of Fargo's extensive stormwater infrastructure, including a network of retention and detention basins that capture the excess runoff from storm and flood surges. 

The guidebook will include large scale ecological typologies that can be adapted to conditions found or created within detention and or retention basins. These typologies will be generated from analogous situations found in postglacial landscapes and adjusted to accommodate the general performance of the stormwater basins found in Fargo.

Potential design solutions related to access, program and ecological performance within the developed landscape typologies will be developed to create a series of adaptive and resilient technological solutions. These solutions will be applied utilizing a customized decision matrix that acknowledges the unique conditions inherent to the infrastructural constraints of each site while maximizing performance and minimizing long-term maintenance.