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

Posted By Mark Boyer On August 26, 2013 @ 11:55 am In Architecture,carousel showcase,Design,Landscape Architecture,News,Resilient Design | No Comments

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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 [2], the designers called for more “soft infrastructure [3],” which involves using natural resources like coastal marshlands and building more sustainable infrastructure like green roofs.



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[1] Image: http://inhabitat.com/how-soft-infrastructure-like-wetlands-and-green-roofs-could-help-protect-nyc-from-future-storms/soft-infrastructure-nyc/

[2] giant Rotterdam-style floodgates: http://inhabitat.com/nyc/could-building-sized-floodgates-protect-lower-manhattan-from-future-superstorms/

[3] soft infrastructure: http://www.fastcodesign.com/1664977/how-design-can-save-nyc-when-the-next-big-storm-hits

[4] READ MORE >: http://inhabitat.com/nyc/architects-propose-soft-infrastructure-to-protect-nyc-from-the-next-big-storm/

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