Archinect - News 2014-04-19T23:20:39-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/60489755/new-new-amsterdam-would-some-giant-dutch-sea-gates-have-saved-new-york New New Amsterdam: Would Some Giant Dutch Sea Gates Have Saved New York? HotSoup 2012-11-01T11:46:00-04:00 >2012-11-02T09:42:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cc/ccggcwdn2gfauc7w.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>&ldquo;They really don&rsquo;t treat the water in this kind of eggshell kind of way that they do in the United States,&rdquo; Mr. Chakrabarti said. &ldquo;They reclaim the land, use dredging material, do a whole variety of things to reshape the shoreline, like we first did when we were New Amsterdam. The Dutch have unrivaled experience in dealing with flooding. They really know how to shape the water&rsquo;s edge, and I think we really have to rethink the way we deal with the water&rsquo;s edge, given what&rsquo;s happened with Sandy.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><p> Architect and planner Vishaan Charkrabarti, director of Columbia's Center for Urban Real Estate and a partner at SHoP, has a novel idea to save New York from the next big one: Build some giant sea gates around the harbor, like they have in Rotterdam. Also, a barrier island or two would be good.</p>