New York is building a wall to hold back the ocean
In 2012, East Sandy storm struck the coast of America. The wind blew at 80 mph and heavy pushing surrounding rain over 9 feet above average levels. In New York, the 30-foot storm brought beach waves, street floods, subways, and homes. 20 miles south of Manhattan – several neighborhoods on a small area of Staten Island sat in ruins. The houses were completely equivalent and 24 people were killed. As global temperatures rise, research rises and shows that increasingly violent storms will You’re likely to continue assaulting our coasts. Coupled with sea level rise, this can mean a higher risk and exacerbation of floods Catastrophic damage To areas like this – unless we learn to adapt. For Staten Island, that means building a wall.
Adaptation is this idea that we physically reshape our cities to make sure they are It will be resilient to climate disasters from the future. This will also include updating our cities to the daily impacts of climate change, Which means things like extreme heat, heavy rain, and drought. The sea wall is one of these modifications. It was built parallel to the coast to create a “difficult coastline.” It deviates daily tides to keep the beach from eroding away as it is under normal conditions. If a natural disaster occurs, it means to stop incoming storms or tsunami. Now, if fortifying our cities with walls looks very simple and medieval, this is because It kind of is.
Climate change is not a single, crippling attack, it is a continuing growing crisis. To evolve with that crisis, the adjustments we make need to include resilient infrastructure. Flexibility is this idea your city can take up responding to any type of threat – may Not just being a climate threat, but this is you somehow disaster and emergency plan It will enrich the daily life of your residents anyway. In other words, building a resilient infrastructure means we don’t have to choose between feeling Safe and enjoy our cities. For example, in 2008 at the New York Harbor School The Billion Oyster project began, and the flexibility of the plan to return the reefs to New York Harbor.
Reefs help filter water and slow down strong waves, Corrosion prevention and flood reduction. The project is doubling up as an educational program for students across the city. When such natural solutions are not enough, cities may look for more intense options. Like the walls of the sea. Hoping to prevent another Sandy disaster, Staten Island recently received $ 615 million In financing for its own sea wall. The structure will extend about 5 miles and sit 20 feet above sea level. It includes flexible design elements: the wall will double to be a pass It is much less imposing and allowing residents to enjoy the coastal scenery. Additionally, to keep Staten Island safe, the plan includes adapting to the surrounding
land The seawall.
Globally, precipitation during major storms is expected to increase by 20% by 2100. Since much of Staten Island was initially built with wetlands, torrential rains can easily occur Quarters – something the sea wall cannot prevent. Therefore, the flexibility plan includes returning many areas of the island to normal The condition of the swamp. This helps relieve that storm when you have those coastal floods, when You have heavy rain, and ensure that the water will not be trapped in the place The buildings are. Several artificial ponds will be dug for drainage purposes. These adjustments require careful planning and analysis of the land that they are trying To defend. All in all, they make a pretty good rough plan. But even with multiple faces and flexible approaches, these adjustments may not be sufficient.
In 2018, New Orleans completed an upgrade to the sea walls and dams designed to protect the city. But after $ 14 billion, the engineers said that the walls wouldn’t be enough in 4 years Due to sea level rise and sunken land. In Kerala state, India, there are already marine walls that exacerbate coastal erosion. Climate change can be unpredictable, and we’re being positioned to predict it anyway. Flexible infrastructure is one way to handle this mystery, but it is not guaranteed. What kind of infrastructure are we building to save ourselves from harmful effects? Climate change will also present the changes in our city that we will be To learn to live with. It goes beyond just building this one piece of infrastructure that will remain there For a century or two centuries.
Really know how you can innovate on materials and Design over time, to address different challenges that will surface. The truth is that even with flexibility in mind, the wall off the perimeter is first aid A solution to a growing wound. Building a wall to protect our cities is one thing – Building our cities to protect themselves is another. Hey, I probably realized that this piece was a collaboration between Vox and Curbed. This is because while I like to make videos about urbanization,
You really need their flexible infrastructure expertise to do this. I’m actually a link to some of their articles below that helped inspire this video, But it gives you a more in-depth analysis on the walls of the sea And how to build a flexible city in our changing world. The borders cover everything from construction, to transportation, to housing. For more information and updates on the sea wall on Staten Island, head to Curbed New York.