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Here is how NYC will be dealing with the heavy rain problem

TimeOut: Throughout the past few years in NYC, episodes of heavy rainfall have become more and more common. What’s more, the precipitation has been affecting New Yorkers’ day-to-day activities, sometimes even putting people in danger. In an effort to tackle the issue and find ways to solve it, Mayor Eric Adams’ Office of Climate and Environmental […]

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More Heavy Rainfall, Flooding Prompt NYC to Create Innovation Working Groups

Smart Cities Dive: New York City kicked off a “Rainproof NYC” initiative on Jan. 9 to identify innovative ways the city can address the impacts of increased heavy rainfall. City agencies, nonprofits and other stakeholders will meet regularly over the next six months in three working groups that will focus on addressing gaps in infrastructure and risk management, developing

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After a Decade of Planning, New York City Is Raising Its Shoreline

Yale Environment 360: On a recent morning in Asser Levy Playground, on Manhattan’s East Side, a group of retirees traded serves on a handball court adjacent to a recently completed 10-foot-high floodwall. Had a sudden storm caused the East River to start overtopping this barrier, a 79-foot-long floodgate would have begun gliding along a track,

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Ecosystems as Infrastructure: A New Way of Looking at Climate Resilience

Yale Environment 360: When people think of landscape architecture, small-scale recreational spaces like urban parks, gardens, and golf courses may come to mind. MacArthur “Genius Award” winner Kate Orff has a grander and more ecologically ambitious vision. Orff, director of Columbia University’s Urban Design Program, believes that architects should do more than just create beautiful

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Worsening natural hazards an “opportunity” to rethink cities says Rebuild By Design head Amy Chester

dezeen: The increasing need to protect cities from environmental hazards is a chance to transform communities for the better, says Rebuild By Design managing director Amy Chester in this interview for our Designing for Disaster series. Rebuild by Design began in the wake of Hurricane Sandy in New York as a competition run by the US government to instigate projects that would

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Born after Superstorm Sandy’s destruction, 2 big flood control projects get underway in New Jersey

AP: HOBOKEN, N.J. A decade after they were first envisioned in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy ’s destruction, two of the largest flood control projects designed to protect the densely populated cities of New Jersey that lie just outside New York City finally got underway Wednesday. A project in Hoboken, which was inundated by flooding during

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