natural disaster

Can This Group of Activists Awaken Venice to Its Water Problem?

“We’re beyond the times when some ministry for infrastructure and public works can just come and do what they want to do, or what business interests make them do. The whole city needs to wake up.”

“We’re beyond the times when some ministry for infrastructure and public works can just come and do what they want to do, or what business interests make them do. The whole city needs to wake up.”

Waterfronts and Preservation: Are They at Odds?

Is it ok for us to pay the billion-dollar price tag to preserve our city as is? I don’t think so. But I, like so many, don’t know what the solution is.

Red Hook flooded photo courtesy The Brownstoner Whether you call her Hurricane, Superstorm, or Frankenstorm, Sandy has brought devastation, destruction, and lasting change to our waters’ edge. Across New York City and the tri-state region, neighborhoods glimpsed the climate change forecast–massive flooding, storm surges, and rising seas. With lives lost and billions in damages, it’s safe to say our communities…

I am a Climate Refugee

A refugee from Hurricane Sandy shares his experience and discusses climate-related issues that will plague costal cities in the future.

A refugee from Hurricane Sandy discusses climate-related issues that will plague costal cities in the future.

Before the Next Storm

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, it's important to make changes in our infrastructure to reduce damage in future disasters.

In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, it’s important to make changes in our infrastructure to reduce damage in future disasters.

Creative Approaches to Creating Resilient Communities

Ecologically-based infrastructures, or soft infrastructures, are important concepts for cities looking to become more sustainable.

Hurricane Sandy has invoked a lot of change. Whether it’s coast lines or politics, we have experienced first-hand what scientists, planners, and architects have been warning about for years, that a storm like Sandy was going to happen. “Sometime between now and 2100, a storm will dump 18 feet of seawater into lower Manhattan, flooding much of the financial district,…

Q&A: Tim Duggan on Make It Right’s Plans for New Orleans

Landscape Architect Tim Duggan talks with Martin Pedersen about his life, career, and whether we should rebuild New Orleans' Lower Ninth Ward.

Although 2012 Game Changer Tim Duggan would never describe them that way, the series of events that led him into landscape architecture almost feels like some sort of divine intervention. Some time in the late 1990s, Duggan was working on a backyard project in suburban Kansas City (Tim’s late father was a concrete contractor). It involved moving three hundred pound…