SOLAR-POWERED SURE HOUSE IS READY FOR THE NEXT HURRICANE SANDY...

Oct 11, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] INHABITAT by Tafline Laylin When hurricane Sandy hit the east coast of the United States in 2012, the high winds and storm surges it brought absolutely devastated many coastal homes. But next time, New York and New Jersey may be better prepared. Specifically created for coastal areas of the two states, SURE HOUSE is a solar-powered home with an open, breezy floor plan, designed to be extra resilient in the face of big storms. Although we took a sneak peak at the project while it was still in Hoboken, New Jersey, the Stevens Institute of Technology submitted their entry into this year’s Solar Decathlon competition currently underway in California, where we stopped by for a closer look. Equipped with a 9kW building integrated solar power system that can operate independently in the event...

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LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE IN THE NEWS HIGHLIGHTS AUGUST 1-15...

Aug 15, 2015 Posted by

[Translate] THE DIRT  by J.R. Taylor Red Rocks, Conservation Corps Camp Named National Historic Landmark – The Denver Post, 8/4/15 “Red Rocks Park and the camp that housed the men who built its world-famous amphitheater have been awarded national historic landmark status.” Brooklyn Sites Get $2.6 Million to Undo Hurricane Sandy’s Toll ­– The New York Times, 8/5/15 “Hurricane Sandy isn’t over yet. Historical sites around New York City are among the many places where — nearly three years later — damage caused by the storm has yet to be fixed or cleared.” Architect Frank Gehry is Helping L.A. With Its Los Angeles River Master Plan, But Secrecy Troubles Some – The Los Angeles Times, 8/7/15 “Architect Frank Gehry is working with city officials to draft a new master plan for the redevelopment of...

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“Worse than the storm”: Inside a secret Red Cross disaster...

Nov 2, 2014 Posted by

[Translate] After Sandy and Isaac, Americans donated millions believing their charity was up to the job. They were mistaken Justin Elliott, Jesse Eisinger and Laura Sullivan, ProPublica ProPublica IN 2012, TWO MASSIVE STORMS pounded the United States, leaving hundreds of thousands of people homeless, hungry or without power for days and weeks. Americans did what they so often do after disasters. They sent hundreds of millions of dollars to the Red Cross, confident their money would ease the suffering left behind by Superstorm Sandy and Hurricane Isaac. They believed the charity was up to the job. They were wrong. The Red Cross botched key elements of its mission after Sandy and Isaac, leaving behind a trail of unmet needs and acrimony, according to an investigation by ProPublica and NPR. The charity’s shortcomings were detailed...

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Looking Back to 1821, Insurers Foresee a $100-Billion Hurricane...

Sep 19, 2014 Posted by

[Translate] disasters By Andrew C. Revkin  NYT DOT Analysts at Swiss Re, the giant reinsurance company, have projected that a repeat of the great 1821 hurricane that struck New York City would flood a far greater area than Hurricane Sandy and could cause more than $100 billion in damage.Credit Swiss Re It may be extremely quiet here at what’s typically the peak of the Atlantic hurricane season, but that’s no reason to relax. All it takes is one great storm. For that reason, Swiss Re, the giant reinsurance company, spends a lot of time and money going back in time trying to gauge the scope of losses it may have to cover in years to come. Its experts work with officials in places like New York City to try to limit exposure to hazards...

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Community Resilience on the Edge...

Aug 7, 2014 Posted by

[Translate] 08/07/2014 by Yoshi Silverstein Is resilience ecological, economic, cultural, or social? For Red Hook and Hunts Point, two different communities in New York City with a lot to lose, the answer is all of the above, argued Barbara Wilks, FASLA, and Richard Roark, ASLA, at a talk at the Center for Architecture in New York City. Wilks spoke about the Red Hook community in Brooklyn, part of The Commercial Corridor Resiliency Project submitted for the Rebuild By Design competition by HR&A Advisors, Inc., with Cooper, Robertson & Partners and W-Architecture & Landscape Architecture, where Wilks is principal and founder. Their Rebuild By Design entry explains: “In Red Hook, resiliency involves integrating flood protection through measures that maintain and enhance waterfront maritime and industrial activity while allowing for public access to the waterfront.” Focusing...

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How to Think Like the Dutch in a Post-Sandy World...

Apr 10, 2014 Posted by

The Dutch approach to water management…

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It helps to like your neighbor during a natural disaster...

Apr 4, 2014 Posted by

“When a storm hits, there are no strangers…

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Three Perspectives on Designing Resilient Cities...

Nov 6, 2013 Posted by

Hurricane Sandy has changed…

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Will Sandy’s Lessons Fade as a Sleepy Atlantic Storm Season Ends?...

Oct 30, 2013 Posted by

With the anniversary of Hurricane Sandy’s…

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Microgrids in NYC & Conn.—A New Kind of Power Struggle...

Sep 15, 2013 Posted by

With the ravages and power outages ….

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Can bringing wetlands back to our coasts protect us from future megastorms?...

Jul 6, 2013 Posted by

Kevin Shanley says too many cities have an outdated approach to storm protection…

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Post-Sandy, green groups at loggerheads with plans to rebuild Jersey’s boardwalk empire...

Mar 20, 2013 Posted by

As bikini season approaches, Jersey Shore beach towns are preparing for their annual influx of tourists.

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A Return To Nature?

Feb 4, 2013 Posted by

New York governor wants to return Sandy-damaged neighborhoods to nature.

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What it looks like when Obama’s passion spurs him to defy the political odds...

Jan 28, 2013 Posted by

Last week, I scolded greenies for indulging in the “cult of the presidency,” …

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Austerity Disaster: Hurricane Sandy Victims Thrown to Lending Sharks and Privatized “Relief”...

Jan 8, 2013 Posted by

Disaster victims are now expected to shoulder relief expenses that used to be shared publicly.

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Hurricane Sandy Relief Bill Fails to Face Coastal Realities...

Jan 7, 2013 Posted by

As part of the sorely-needed aid package to help victims of Hurricane Sandy…

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Here’s an airport entirely filled with cars wrecked in Hurricane Sandy...

Jan 4, 2013 Posted by

[Translate]   By Sarah Laskow After Hurricane Sandy, Insurance Aut o Auctions Corp. found itself with an overload of damaged cars that needed dealing with. The company had to store them somewhere. So it’s renting out an airport on Long Island — a small one, to be fair — and filling the runway up with disabled vehicles. The New York Post reports: Roughly 15,000 storm-ravaged vehicles are parked bumper-to-bumper on runways and taxiways at the Calverton Executive Airpark, which years ago was the site of a Grumman aircraft-manufacturing plant… Some of the cars can’t be driven again and will end up being salvaged just for parts. But the insurance companies that own the cars hope to sell most of them to new owners who could fix them up and put them back on the road....

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NOAA: 2012 To Rank as Second Costliest Year Since 1980...

Dec 21, 2012 Posted by

During 2012, there were 11 extreme weather and climate events in the U.S….

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Defense and Security Companies Are Planning to Cash in on Climate Change and Environmental Collapse...

Dec 19, 2012 Posted by

Increasing importance is attached to ‘food security,’ ‘energy security’ and ‘water security’…

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Senate panel Democrats bash climate change deniers...

Nov 30, 2012 Posted by

Senate Democrats used an emotionally charged hearing Thursday on the effects of Hurricane Sandy

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Boehner Really In The Hot Seat On Hurricane Sandy Aid...

Nov 29, 2012 Posted by

I first posted about the budget dilemma Hurricane Sandy presented to congressional Republicans…

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Climate Comes Home

Nov 27, 2012 Posted by

No matter how high-def your screen might be, you can’t truly comprehend some disasters until you see them firsthand.

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Scared, Bothered, and Bewildered...

Nov 27, 2012 Posted by

The recent hurricane-induced blackout, and the loss of light….

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Soon-to-retire weather satellites played key role in predicting Sandy’s path...

Nov 23, 2012 Posted by

Last month, shortly before Sandy ripped apart the shorelines of New Jersey and Long Island…

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VIDEO: A Solar Thanksgiving for Battered Rockaways...

Nov 21, 2012 Posted by

Since Hurricane Sandy, the historic Belle Harbor Yacht Club in the Rockaways…

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When Taxpayers Pay People to Rebuild in Harm’s Way...

Nov 19, 2012 Posted by

As I noted on Twitter this morning, it’s a superb story on the unsustainability of federal programs that..

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