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Green stormwater management elements such as green roofs, green streets, and constructed wetlands handle rainfall and alleviate the negative impacts to watershed health as well as reduce the need for costly and single purpose “grey” infrastructure.

Communities across the country are struggling with the question of what to do with defunct shopping centers that blight neighborhoods and strain local economies. This problem is on the rise as newer shopping centers replace older ones, and retail space is overbuilt. Called “greyfields,” these empty malls and strip shopping centers have been identified by urban development experts as the 21st century's most pressing environmental and land use challenge.

This document, funded by the US EPA for Manchester, Connecticut’s council of governments’ Sustainable Communities Initiative, uses as an example a local greyfield development challenge: a completely vacant retail center with a vast asphalt parking lot adjacent to a newer retail center and a compromised creek. The site exhibits the environmental issues and land use challenges faced in many developed communities. First, a prototypical mixed-use plan was developed for the site using principles of smart growth. We were then asked to evaluate the design for its ability to support the elements of green urban stormwater management. These elements, conceived of as a system of parts that work together to manage the site's stormwater, are the central focus of this document. Their positive impacts on preserving water resources on the site were quantified using annual rainfall estimates.

My role in the collaboration was researcher, writer and illustrator. Completed at WRT.

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In college, I studied industrial design at The University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA, for its aspirations to create beautifully useful things and for its focus on how a good design process leads to a better solution.

I’ve worked at Margie Ruddick Landscape, a boutique landscape design office with top-notch ambition. I learned about reading landscapes, thinking spatially and designing for the ecologies of a place. I worked on projects like eco-resorts in India, vast urban waterfronts in New York City and sustainability guidelines. Studying an environment’s peculiarities—its ecology, economy, culture and ambition—taught me new ways to be a better designer.

I’ve also worked at Wallace, Roberts and Todd, LLC (WRT), where I discovered ways to integrate visual communication with planning and landscape strategies. My capabilities grew to include environmental and ethnographic research, program development, mapping and visualizations, site design, communications design and management on projects ranging from national parks to green stormwater infrastructure design. I became the first art director within the planning and urban design practice, driving the communication of complex design and planning issues from the beginning of a project through to its final documentation. My approach helped to facilitate many nationally recognized projects, and ultimately, I helped to build the planning practice to include place-branding strategies and innovative methods that broke through the traditional boundaries of planning. In 2008, I became an Associate and built the visual communications practice to include fulltime graphic design staff.

I have had an ongoing role within the industrial design program at the University of the Arts as a guest critic and lecturer, and also as an adjunct professor of two-dimensional design techniques.

In 2010, I launched my independent communications design practice, and I continue to work with pioneers in planning and design to communicate their issues and ideas.

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Get in touch! Email me at andee@andeemazzocco.com or call me at (215) 880-4406.

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