BIG U flood defences for Manhattan move forward

The first phase of Bjarke Ingels’ barrier system designed to protect Lower Manhattan from tidal surges and rising sea levels is getting underway. A request for proposal (RFP) for has been issued to find a stewardship partner for the BIG U project, which was created by a team that includes the Danish architect’s firm BIG

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“Climate Gentrification theory illustrates the ethical problems facing architects”

Architects must consider not just the environmental, but the social and economic repercussions of building in places at risk from climate change, urges Jesse M Keenan, co-author of a recent study into Climate Gentrification. Every designer knows what a sh%tshow is. It is that project that takes on a life of its own. You aren’t

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Climate Gentrification theory suggests rich are moving to higher, low-income neighbourhoods

Climate change is causing waves of gentrification in the cities most vulnerable to rising sea levels, as the wealthy move to poorer areas with a lower risk of flooding, according to a recent study. Coined Climate Gentrification, the theory and its potential affects on urban migration are outlined in a research paper written by Jesse

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DFA proposes “floating” affordable housing for dilapidated Manhattan pier

New York architecture studio DFA has imagined a series of latticed apartment towers for Manhattan’s Pier 40, which would be able to remain above water in the event of rising sea levels. DFA’s conceptual proposal involves constructing a complex of housing, recreational and commercial facilities on the square-shaped Pier 40. The structure extends 250 metres

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Hassell and MVRDV devise “suite of adaptable structures” to combat Bay Area flooding

Architecture firms Hassell and MVRDV have imagined a scheme featuring floating stadiums, emergency castles and pop-up restaurants, which aims to build resiliency to flooding in South San Francisco and foster the local community. Australian firm Hassell and Dutch firm MVRDV teamed up for Resilient by Design’s Bay Area Challenge ideas contest, which calls for ways to help protect San Francisco and the surrounding

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BIG unveils scheme to protect San Francisco creek from flooding

Danish firm BIG has developed a proposal to protect a creek in San Francisco Bay from flooding caused by climate change, which includes building floating villages connected by ferries, a red-hued cycle route, and a highway for autonomous vehicles. BIG developed the scheme with One Architecture + Urbanism (ONE) and Sherwood Design Engineers (Sherwood) as part of

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CF Møller’s hybrid flood defences will create new nature park in Denmark

A flood defence system devised by CF Møller in central Denmark will combine urban planning, climate change adaption and nature conservation. Described by the Scandinavian architecture firm as an “architectural multi-tool”, the Storkeengen is designed to protect the nearby town of Randers from floods and transform the nearby fields into a wetland nature park. A raised boardwalk

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Surging Seas software shows potential impact of rising sea levels on US cities

An interactive mapping tool provides a scary glimpse of how cities such as New York, Boston and Miami might end up if sea levels continue to rise. The Google Earth plugin, Surging Seas: Extreme Scenario 2100, allows users to pan around 3D imagery of America’s coastal cities and see what they would look like if

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“Is Phoenix doomed to fall back into the ashes?”

If sprawling desert metropolises like Phoenix, Arizona, are going to survive an increasingly scorching climate, they will require a different kind of sustainable urbanism than typical cities, says Aaron Betsky. Is Phoenix doomed to fall back into the ashes? In his 2015 book, The Water Knife, the author Paolo Bacigalupi imagines a future Valley of

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Boston responds to climate change with elevated parks and flood barriers

Boston has launched a plan to prevent flooding in its most vulnerable waterfront neighbourhoods, becoming the latest US city to respond to the threat of rising sea levels. Released last week, the coastal Massachusetts city’s climate change plan outlines strategies to protect the neighbourhoods of East Boston and Charlestown from an increased likelihood of flooding.

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Eight designs that respond to the threat of climate change

As part of Good Design for a Bad World, a series of talks we are hosting with Dutch Design Week, we will ask whether designers can help to solve climate change. Here are eight ideas already developed. Taking place in Eindhoven on 21 and 22 October, Good Design for a Bad World will examine five global issues

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BIG, MVRDV, James Corner and more to tackle Bay Area climate change

Ten teams of architects and engineers have been chosen to design solutions that will help San Francisco and the surrounding region combat the effects of climate change. Resilient by Design’s Bay Area Challenge asked entrants to come up with ideas to protect coastal areas from rising sea levels, flooding and earthquakes. As the global climate

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“The more we build in areas that endanger us, the more we erect defensive systems”

Disasters like Hurricanes Harvey and Irma are inevitable when we construct cities in harm’s way, says Aaron Betsky, who believes we have designed ourselves into a Catch-22 of create and protect. It could have been worse. That is the best you can say about the twin natural catastrophes that hit Texas and Florida recently. The

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US architecture organisations declare opposition to Trump’s climate treaty withdrawal

The American Institute of Architects and the US Green Building Council have condemned US president Donald Trump for his decision to pull out of the Paris Agreement, and have vowed to continue battling climate change. In a public statement, the AIA said it opposes Trump’s recent decision to withdraw the US as a signatory of the

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Concave roofs collect rainwater for arid areas in proposal by BMDesign Studios

Bowl-shaped vessels would collect rainwater on the roofs of buildings located in hot and dry climates in a proposal by Iranian practice BMDesign Studios. Tehran-based BMDesign Studios – one of many offices contributing to Iran’s booming architecture scene – drew up the concept when planning a primary school in Iran’s Kerman province. Taking into consideration the arid climate of its site in

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The Climate Tile by Tredje Natur aims to stop cities flooding

A new type of modular tile promises to help reduce flooding in cities hit by increased rainfall due to climate change. The streets of Copenhagen will be a testing ground for the Climate Tile, which was created by Danish architecture studio Tredje Natur and has been in development since 2014. Designed to be used alongside

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Miami architecture finally addresses “visible and tangible impacts of sea-level rise”

Architects and developers working in Miami are belatedly responding to climate change, amid a growing sense of alarm over how rising sea levels are affecting the city. Design Miami chief creative officer Rodman Primack told Dezeen that climate change is “actually happening” in Miami while Vanity Fair’s architecture critic Paul Goldberger said rising sea levels

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