How ‘Soft Infrastructure,’ Like Wetlands and Green Roofs, Could Help Protect NYC from Future Storms

by , 08/26/13

NYC, lower manhattan, wetlands, artificial wetlands, soft infrastructure

As the climate changes and sea levels rise, cities that were previously thought to be relatively safe are looking more and more vulnerable — just ask anyone in New York who lived through Hurricane Sandy. Last year, a group of architecture firms united to tackle these issues with innovative green design. Instead of calling for the installation of giant Rotterdam-style floodgates, the designers called for more “soft infrastructure,” which involves using natural resources like coastal marshlands and building more sustainable infrastructure like green roofs.



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