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How ‘Soft Infrastructure,’ Like Wetlands and Green Roofs, Could Help Protect NYC from Future Storms

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Aug 27, 2013 01:05 AM
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by Mark Boyer last modified Aug 26, 2013


As the climate changes and sea levels rise, cities that were previously thought to be relatively safe are looking more and more vulnerable -- just ask anyone in New York who lived through Hurricane Sandy. Last year, a group of architecture firms united to




 

 

NYC, lower manhattan, wetlands, artificial wetlands, soft infrastructure

As the climate changes and sea levels rise, cities that were previously thought to be relatively safe are looking more and more vulnerable — just ask anyone in New York who lived through Hurricane Sandy. Last year, a group of architecture firms united to tackle these issues with innovative green design. Instead of calling for the installation of giant Rotterdam-style floodgates, the designers called for more ”soft infrastructure,” which involves using natural resources like coastal marshlands and building more sustainable infrastructure like green roofs.

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