Rising Water

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Hurricane Irene demonstrated the risks of flooding along NYC's waterfront. Stephen Cassell and Adam Yarinsky, principals at Architecture Research Office LLC, offered solutions for Lower Manhattan as part of a recent MOMA exhibition on global warming, now in book form: Rising Currents: Projects for New York's Waterfront.


Stephen Cassell and Adam Yarinsky

Comments [8]

rolf niebergall from New York

do it like the dutch do it!

Dec. 06 2011 07:08 PM
rolf niebergall from New York

i am from Germany, born 1937, came to this country 1965. now a citizen of the USA and EU. i agree with that person who sad we could learn from other countries! what is here so exceptional? German constitution was modeled after the USA constitution! we should model our economy after another successful economy! "obama care" was in Germany introduced by count Bismark already 1871? there are many Americans against there own interest, why?

Dec. 06 2011 07:05 PM
Harry from Mott Haven

Hello, great discussion. We are working to daylight a buried brook in the South Bronx and need pro bono design or two of a future rendering, how it would look, for more see:

Dec. 06 2011 11:57 AM
Robert from NYC

Well look at Holland, that's not a small city it's a small country but the problem is water coming in from the sea and the country is almost entirely geographically under the sea. The system they use prevents the entire country from disappearing forever.

Dec. 06 2011 11:57 AM
gary from queens

Why is it heresy to ask if water levels are really rising over long periods of time. What is the normal background variance over centuries? More heresy:

Climategate 2.0 emails – They’re real and they’re spectacular! Posted on November 22, 2011 by News Staff
A link to where to download the new file is posted:

And a short summary & analysis of the Climategate 2.0 emails:

Scientists Behaving Badly: More nails for the coffin of man-made global warming, by Jim Lacey, Nov. 28, 2011

Dec. 06 2011 11:56 AM
gary from queens

The catastrophic warming scenario been so discredited, that its proponents have repeatedly retreated from one slogan to another. Charles C.W. Cook wrote in December 2011 that "having careered wantonly from “global cooling” to “global warming” to “climate change,” the greenies eventually settled on the rather dramatic “global climate chaos,” a neatly eschatological term that has the delicious benefit of being so vague as to be unfalsifiable." (Like Intelligent Design and Creation Theory, I would add.)

It's based on argument that a certain preferred action be undertaken, simply because it's urgent and must be done immediately. Whether or not the action itself is efficacious must not be debated----because there's no time to debate it. Or to assess it's scientific merits! More than one conservative has complained about this. But it was Charles C.W. Cook (again) who expressed it well. He cited the following:

“Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves!” (British Parliamentarian William Pitt, 1783)

“The whole aim of practical politics, is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.” (H. L. Mencken)

Then Cook concluded, "It is still a matter of debate whether there are any hobgoblins at all, but if they do exist, the tallest among them are disappearing at a rate of knots. As they go, we must insist that so too do the invitations to be led to safety, for without necessity we have no reason to be slaves."

Dec. 06 2011 11:52 AM

Here's the Battery during the Great New England Hurricane of 1938:

Dec. 06 2011 11:49 AM
Mike from Inwood

Hey, what's the problem? The mayor can just take the excess, bad teachers and stack them up around the subway entrenches and air vents. And if they don't like this redeployment they can just quit and loose their pensions.

Dec. 06 2011 11:47 AM

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