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”
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
Rebuild by Design will be holding an event in Asbury Park to bring the City together around the idea of resiliency. The event will prepare the City for real planning that will make Asbury Park better able to handle the next big storm.
Come join us on March 22nd for a parade that will bring Asbury together, from West to East and highlight examples of resiliency, ending with a party at Langosta Lounge, 12 Noon to 4PM.
Yes, we want you to Rethink the Jersey Shore and the entire coast. But US Strong wants us to re-think how we pay for all of this stuff. We are approaching the anniversary of the day Congress passed a Sandy relief bill. It only took them 91 days. Here are stories from 1/22/14 about US Strong’s Plan to make sure that does not happen again. Kirk Moore’s article in the Asbury Park Press, Continue reading “Paying for Extreme Weather”
The Union of Concerned Scientists put out an excellent report on the National Flood Insurance Program called Overwhelming Risk: Rethinking Flood Insurance in a World of Rising Seas. Hey, they got our name in there, Rethink, so we thought we’d take a look.
This is an excellent report with details about what states carry the most risk, which state have the most properties in the program, and the value of those properties insured, again, broken down by state. There are excellent recommendations as well for how to save the program for the future.
In a recent article about how NJ municipalities are not preparing well for the next Sandy-type storm, it was mentioned that Sea Bright, NJ is taking some good steps to prepare for the future. It seems they are at least asking the right questions. Originally on NJ Spotlight back in Septenber 9, 2013 by Scott Gurian.
Planting to prevent destruction; it is more than just dune grass. The northeast corner of Bradley Beach, NJ near the tip of Fletcher Lake and the border of Ocean Grove, NJ was just a hard-packed gravel lot where the Boro kept their lifeguard stands and beach lockers in the off season. Once Sandy’s storm surge over-topped our dunes and bulk-headed boardwalk this area served as a ramp to quickly bring the water and sand into the town and the lake. Not ideal.
But Captain Al Modjeski had another vision for the site, he wanted to plant a Maritime Forest, which is what probably existed naturally before the area was developed. The site was dug up, planted with native plants which will allow storm-water to infiltrate, it will provide protection from storm surge and beautify the area. 3 minute video here.