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.
Daniel Kidd of BIG Bjarke Ingels Group looks back at the work produced in their Parsons M.Arch studio based on the HUD Rebuild by Design competition brief.
Yael Friedman calls for more nuanced understanding of how planning for a more resilient city can — and must — incorporate more than environmental concerns alone.
Video of a panel discussion and audience Q&A session about New York City neighborhoods on the front lines of climate change.
On Urban Omnibus, Kerri Culhane explains how Manhattan’s Two Bridges neighborhood is uniquely suited to realize the environmental, economic and social benefits of green infrastructure.
The editors of Urban Omnibus reflect on the scale of Superstorm Sandy in terms of government response, climate change, and infrastructure investment.
On Urban Omnibus, Yael Friedman recaps a December 2012 conversation between scientists and social scientists held at the Institute for Public Knowledge.
On Urban Omnibus, Shin-pei Tsay calls on urbanists to better communicate the crucial role cities can play in addressing the global challenges of climate change.
On Urban Omnibus, Adam Greenfield maps the flows and processes of an Occupy Sandy relief hub to demonstrate the potential of a permanent mutual-aid infrastructure for New York.
A 2008 lecture by Paul Mankiewicz on how to improve the environmental, infrastructural and economic health of cities through enhanced ecological productivity and biodiversity.
Sticks by Hou de Sousa was the winner of Folly 2016. Read an essay on this functional structure by Pasqualina Azzarello, Socrates Director of Public Programs; a roundtable discussion featuring the designers among other participants; and a look at this year’s other notable competition entries.
Announcing the winners of the Architectural League Prize 2016: (im)permanence
A collection of the winning essays from the fourth annual Urban Omnibus writing competition, As Seen On [ ].
Torqueing Spheres by IK Studio was the winner of Folly 2015. Explore an interview with Mariana Ibañez and Simon Kim, a photo essay on the fabrication, and other notable entries from this year’s competition.