Former Director of NYC Dept. of City Planning Says Giant Rotterdam-Style Floodgates Could Protect NYC from the Next Superstorm

by , 08/26/13

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Before Hurricane Sandy, building giant sea walls to protect NYC from storm surges may have sounded extreme, but now respected urban planners are considering it as a viable solution. The New York Observer recently spoke to Vishaan Chakrabarti, the director of Columbia’s Center for Urban Real Estate and a partner at SHoP architects, who says that building-sized floodgates like the ones that guard areas of Rotterdam from flooding are one answer that could save billions of dollars in damaged property.


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