New resilient waterfront park helps protect NYC from storm surges

June 28, 2018 by  
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Waterfront parks have been springing up all over New York City, including in Long Island City, where Hunter’s Point South Waterfront Park just completed its second phase this week. Designed by SWA/Balsley in collaboration with Weiss/Manfredi , this resilient stretch of parkland replaces 11 acres of abandoned industrial sites and boasts spectacular views of Manhattan’s skyline. In addition to a wide array of recreational facilities and equipment, the park was also integrated with salt marshes and native plantings that serve as a natural line of defense against extreme weather and storm surges. As New York City moves full-speed ahead on reclaiming the waterfront for the public, Hunter’s Point South Waterfront Park joins an impressive lineup of post-industrial parks including the recently completed Domino Park in Brooklyn . Crafted to feel like New York City’s newest “island,” the new park features lush habitat as well as recreational and cultural features, like New York-based artist Nobuho Nagasawa’s ‘Luminescence’ land art installation. The landscape was sculpted in response to projected flooding patterns and rising water levels of the East River. “It’s a new kind of park,” said lead landscape architect Tom Balsley of SWA/Balsley, for whom the $100 million park project has been 25 years in the making. “Hunter’s Point South is at once resilient infrastructure and contemplative retreat — a dynamic, living platform with extraordinary power to touch the daily lives of so many people.” Related: 10 landscape design projects that turned neglected spaces into incredible parks The first phase, located closer to the ferry terminal, was completed in 2013 and serves as the more active half of the park with bicycle pathways, basketball courts, a playground, fitness equipment and a turf field. The second 5.5-acre phase added more walking trails, a kayak launch, picnicking areas and a  promenade that leads to the Overlook, a 30-foot-tall cantilevered platform with sweeping views of Manhattan skyline and East River. The park officially opened to the public this week. + SWA/Balsley + Weiss/Manfredi Images by Albert Vecerka Esto and Bill Tatham

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Have You Seen the New $125 Million Plan to Protect Long Island from the Next Superstorm?

June 5, 2014 by  
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There’s been a great deal of talk about how we can fortify areas affected by Hurricane Sandy and make them more resilient, but now some of those ideas are a step closer to reality . For Long Island, which was hit hard by the 2012 superstorm, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and Presidential Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force have alloted $125 million to enact Interboro Partners’ “Living with the Bay” resiliency plan . The project, which calls for the construction of dikes and other flood defenses and the restoration of the area’s sediment system, was recently selected as one of the winners of the HUD’s “Rebuild by Design” competition. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Climate Change , flooding , Interboro , Interboro partners , long island , Nassau County , Rebuild by Design , resilient architecture , resilient design , sea level rise , South Shore , storm surge

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Large Offshore Wind Farms Could Slow Down Incoming Hurricanes, New Study Concludes

February 26, 2014 by  
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Research from the University of Delaware and Stanford University concludes that offshore wind turbines could have an unexpected benefit alongside their primary goal of generating renewable energy. The research team suggests that offshore wind farms could reduce wind speeds , wave heights and storm surges resulting from hurricanes, weakening their impact before they reach land. Read the rest of Large Offshore Wind Farms Could Slow Down Incoming Hurricanes, New Study Concludes Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Climate Change , flooding , Hurricane Katrina , Hurricane Sandy , nature climate change , offshore wind farms , offshore wind farms slow down hurricanes , renewable energy , standford university , storm surge , unversity of delaware , Wind Farms        

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No One Will Be Safe from Devastating Hurricanes According to New RMS Research

January 14, 2014 by  
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Hurricane season is a costly affair anywhere, but Risk Management Solutions predicts that in the future these devastating tropical depressions will make landfall in new and unexpected places . RMS recently ran the numbers for the expected monetary damage storms will produce in the next 100 years across 12 coastal cities in the United States. Curiously, instead of the usual suspects topping the charts like Florida and the Gulf Coast, new locations like Texas and Maryland are expected to be hardest hit. Read the rest of No One Will Be Safe from Devastating Hurricanes According to New RMS Research Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: extreme weather , future hurricane damage , Hurricane , Hurricane Katrina , Hurricane Sandy , Maryland , New Orleans , New York. , Risk Management Services , RMS , storm surge , texas , weather , where future hurricanes will hit        

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Gulf Coast Hurricane Warning in Effect as Tropical Storm Isaac Picks Up Speed

August 28, 2012 by  
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The National Hurricane Center has released statements saying it expects  Tropical Storm Isaac  will strengthen into a category one hurricane later today before making landfall near the mouth of the Mississippi River early on Wednesday morning. One of few significant storms to approach the US Gulf Coast since 2008, Issac has placed a large area of the Northern Gulf Coast, from Morgan City in Louisiana to Mobile, Alabama under a hurricane warning . Many residents in the area are bolstering up homes and businesses, ready to wait out the storm that is predicted to bring 20″ of rain and gusts of wind up to 100 mph in some areas. Read the rest of Gulf Coast Hurricane Warning in Effect as Tropical Storm Isaac Picks Up Speed Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: august 28 2012 , gulf coast , hurricane isaac , hurricane warning , national hurriance center , national weather service , storm surge , tropical storm isaac

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Pro Surfer José Gregório’s U House is a Modern and Sustainable Residence in Portugal

August 28, 2012 by  
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Letting Nature Protect Us From Disaster

May 20, 2011 by  
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Image courtesy of UNEP . If you want to avoid being hammered by the next hurricane or storm surge or prevent massive floods, one good bet is to protect your environment

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