Cloudburst Infrastructure – Exploring Solutions to Intense Rainfall One Year After Hurricane Ida

In September 2021, Hurricane Ida barreled across the Caribbean and the U.S., causing $75 billion in damage and shocking New York City as 3 inches of rain fell in one hour. Extreme rain events like Ida or Hurricane Harvey are happening more often due to climate change, and many cities’ infrastructure and landscapes are not equipped to manage the intense volumes of water. Cities and property owners need to reimagine their relationship to rain and water. Luckily, many techniques exist (and more are being innovated) to modify landscapes and buildings to turn extreme rain from a danger into a resource, creating financially and ecologically functional landscapes while improving quality of life for all – especially environmental justice communities most at risk from stronger storms. These strategies reduce flooding and create high-quality, multifunctional green spaces, public realms, and buildings. Join this webinar to learn more about these ‘cloudburst’ solutions in cities like New York and Amsterdam, based on ULI’s work with the New York Housing Authority and Rebuild by Design’s work on Rainproof NYC.

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