Note this piece says we are “socializing the risk” for sea level rise in places like Florida. Remember the other side – that we privatizing the benefit (living near the water.) Eugene Linden in the LA Times
We wrote about this insurance company lawsuit against municipalities before, with the company claiming the towns should have known and prepared for the damage caused by flooding and sea level rise. We will follow it closely.
Over 150 teams submitted proposals to make the NY / NJ region more resilient, ten finalists were selected and the winning six designs were announced yesterday by HUD Secretary Sean Donovan. This finishes a year an a half long process where HUD promised to create areas where the rebuilding was not business as usual.
Congrats to all the winners, there are some terrific, very forward-thinking designs in there. We have to admit we are a little disappointed that nothing along the Jersey Shore was selected. Story on NJ.com by Erin O’Neill of the Star Ledger
The Rockefeller Foundation has sweetened the pot in their 100 Resilient Cities Centennial Challenge. The selected cities will have the salary of a Chief Resiliency Officer paid for by the Foundation. More on Fast Company’s fast coexist page by Adele Peters http://www.fastcoexist.com/3028079/100-cities-will-soon-have-their-first-ever-chief-resilience-officers
As a country below sea-level, the Netherlands has been dealing with water issues for centuries. In the 1950’s they began building the Delta Works, a series of massive barriers built to protect against the 10,000-year storm. They have stopped doing that since they don’t believe it is possible anymore in the face of sea level rise. They have re-thought their approach which is now to let the water in and live with the water. Henk Ovik was in charge of this in the Netherlands and was brought to the US to guide the Rebuild by Design competition. More on the man in the NY Times from April 9, 2014 by Russell Shorto http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/13/magazine/how-to-think-like-the-dutch-in-a-post-sandy-world.html
We have mentioned the Rebuild by Design competition here before, and most people saw news about one of the wildest projects in the mix, the additional barrier islands in front of NY and NJ. But here is a good synopsis of each project, NY Times by Russell Shorto on April 11, 2014.
Well it is that time of the year again, when towns get their beaches and infrastructure ready for the summer season. Smart towns put concessions stands and whatever else they can on wheels and take them out of harm’s way in the late Fall and Winter when the worst storms happen. The best example we can find is Continue reading “Mobile Beach Infrastructure, the Future of the Jersey Shore”
Years of Living Dangerously sounds like a history of development at the Jersey Shore. But in fact it is the title of a Showtime series exploring climate change as it affects human beings, not climate change as an academic discussion. Continue reading “Years of Living Dangerously”
Maybe it was not that bad, but the public, environmental, and planning professionals are feeling snubbed because the Office of Emergency Management in NJ submitted their Hazard Mitigation Plan to the feds without any input from the public. Continue reading “NJ OEM to Public and Experts – Drop Dead”
Rebuild by Design is a federally supported design competition to make the coasts more resilient. An Associated Press story by Wayne Parry highlights one proposal here.
But don’t just focus in on this one design, there are many proposals, all vying to move off the design table and become a reality, viewable here. Attend the ceremonies announcing the winning designs listed here.
Now these folks are rethinking! First, a video (OK is a promotional video but it is cool). If disaster strikes I want one of these!
And this fellow just won a coveted prize in architecture, the Pritkzer prize, for designing temporary shelters with the main support coming from cardboard tubes. Be ready to change your mind about what temporary is though. TED Video here
TED Blog page here
NPR News story here by Joel Rose