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New York unveils proposals to fight climate change

11 : 05 : 2017 Architecture : Design : Sustainability

New York – The Climate Resiliency Design Guidelines report is aimed at influencing new design strategies for architects.

The guidelines, a preliminary version due to be refined for its final launch in December 2017, are designed to minimise the impact of extreme heat, extreme precipitation, flooding and storms.

A proposal for a vertical 'Central Park' covered in vegetation by Carlo Ratti Associati

By outlining measures for each threat, the report brings strategies such as deployable flood barriers and cooling systems to the fore. The guidelines, released by the mayor’s Office of Recovery & Resiliency (ORR), were developed in collaboration with city agencies responsible for capital projects within the city.

‘It’s a drumbeat in the office to really try to broaden people’s knowledge base about what these [climate-related] risks are in the future,’ says Susanne DesRoches, deputy director for infrastructure policy at ORR. ‘We want to push engineers and architects to think more holistically about climate risks.’

Alongside the different proposals, the report includes various climate change projections for the city of New York. The mean annual temperature is predicted to increase between 4.1°F and 6.6°F by the 2050s, and the sea level is expected to rise by 11–21 inches.

The Big Picture

  • As reported in our Energetic Architecture microtrend, a growing number of architects are rethinking the relationship cities have with energy
  • Spurred on by the current political tension surrounding climate change, cities are stepping in as Civic Brands to provide long-term plans for architects