According to the experts — architects, environmentalists and civil engineers — large-scale projects like underwater gates are expensive, cumbersome and difficult to build. More important, they say, such undertakings are binary projects that work just fine until the moment they do not. — NYT
In light of the recent devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy, Alan Feuer examined three examples of how to protect New York City from future storms. The designs focus on three especially vulnerable New York neighborhoods and plans included: Marshy Edges, Absorptive Streets proposed by Architecture Research Office, and a partner firm, dlandstudio, Oysters to the Rescue proposed by Scape/Landscape Architecture P.L.L.C., and A Bridge in Troubled Waters proposed by Lawrence J. Murphy of global engineering firm CDM Smith.
Meanwhile, over in the Room for Debate blog the NYT hosted a discussion, featuring 6 experts, arguing Should New York Build Sea Gates? I would suggest that the discussion is lacking, since there was not one designer (landscape, architect or urban) involved in the conversation. What do you think?