Meeting the Demands of New York’s New Realities

In the face of climate change, sea level rise, and aging infrastructure, the notion that New York must prioritize the compatibility of its man-made and natural environments has become an issue of critical importance to those who design, build, live, and work here. The destruction wrought by Hurricane Sandy underscored the weaknesses of our physical and social infrastructures. But this storm is just the most recent example of the risks and challenges at hand. We have known for years that the region’s vulnerability to severe storms and rising tides will require innovative ideas for how to adapt, (re-)design, and (re-)build the city. Nevertheless, the severity of Sandy has brought new urgency and commitment to the effort to confront these issues. Understanding that the size and complexity of the problem preclude simple, unilateral solutions, the League seeks to develop and showcase a range of ideas articulated by engineers, planners, architects, scientists, and others, who can meaningfully contribute to the ongoing endeavor to meet the demands of New York’s new realities.

The first iteration of this feature was published on February 24, 2013. Relevant material will continue to be added in the coming weeks and months.