being — 2023 — Washington, DC

SW - Buzzard Point Flood Resilience Strategy

"The design for Lansburgh Park should provide spaces for a diverse range of family gatherings."

-community member during introductory charette

Alongside a team led by Ramboll, Moody Graham developed the Flood Resilience Strategy for a study area encompassing two neighborhoods (Southwest and Buzzard Point) located in the District of Columbia. The design envisions a connected system of  parks, plazas, and areas within the public rights-of-way which will mitigate the impacts of frequent and future flooding while providing numerous co-benefits for residents in Southwest DC.

Moody Graham designed three District-owned parks that respond to specific programmatic requests of local residents. Each park seeks to also addresses other goals that the District and its residents have, including increasing biodiversity, reducing heat island effect, improving water quality in the Anacostia and Potomac rivers, and improving mental health through access to nature.



One focus in the overall strategy was the redesign of Lansburgh Park. The plan, shown above, responds to specific programmatic requests of local residents while increasing biodiversity, reducing the heat island effect, increasing water quality in the Anacostia and Potomac rivers,  improving air quality, and bettering mental health through access to green space.
















 The project team, led by Ramboll, is creating an Open Space Framework Plan, a Blue-Green Infrastructure Plan, and a series of Conceptual Drawings to submit to the District of Columbia. Some of the components include an Existing Conditions Analysis, a Best Practices Report, Flood Modeling, Design Guidelines, a 10-to-20-Year Construction Phasing Strategy, a Cost-Benefit Analysis, as well as Financial Planning. Throughout the 8-month process, the team has been a part of several public engagement events as well as frequent reviews by the relevant government agencies to create a package that is community-specific, effective, and executable.


Floodable Play Zone - Dry 


Floodable Play Zone - Semi Flooded 


Floodable Play Zone - Flooded 

The eye-level renderings shown above reflect what the Play Lawn will look like day-to-day (Dry Conditions, left) versus what it will look like during the 20-year storm (Storm Conditions, right).

The section perspective drawings below show how our design integrates local residents' desires for flexible gathering spaces with their need for stormwater detention to reduce the impacts of flooding. Below, you can see the existing historic canopy structure which is retained in the proposed design. 

The final document outlining the full project team's work will be published on the District Department of Energy and the Environment's website, here.



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