|Statue of LIberty with Hurricane Sandy|
Photography by Sandy Nadine DiNinno
As winter 2014 begins to fade into memory and cities in the snow latitudes begin to thaw out, it's time to assess what lessons can be learned from the weather. The main lesson on how withstand any storm is preparation. Advanced planning is the big difference between a city surviving an El Niño or Hurricane Sandy-type storm and ending up flooded as New Orleans did after Hurricane Katerina in 2005. In her article, "4 Smart Designs For New Cities That Can Withstand Any Storm," Adele Peters looks at a competition held by ONE Prize which asked architects and designers to create "stormproof cities of the future. The premise behind it is since most cities are built next to water, they are in danger of flooding from rising waters from storms and other natural disasters. The solutions ranged from artificial islands to a bridge with giant inflatable buoys to stop the flooding. What follows are the prized winning designs.
|Network of Protective Wetlands|
Kenya Endo, architect
|Aerial view of Barrier Staten Island|
All the finalists should be commended for their sincere efforts to create viable environmentally sustainable solutions mitigate the disastrous effects of super storms. Of the four finalists, Kenya Endo and Katherine Rodgers deserve special merit for their proposals. Mr. Endo's proposal shows thinking beyond the immediate need to considering the city at large. Ms. Rodgers offers the simplest approach to mitigating storm flooding. The solutions proposed by Cricket Day and Ben Devereau have some merit but don't appear as carefully thought out.
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