It is no secret that New York City's coastline would be ill prepared should another hurricane hit the Big Apple. Last October, the rising waters could make their way without difficulty - while homes, businesses and whole communities are still feeling Sandy's impact.
Recently, a nonprofit design firm named Terreform considered improvements which could construct a more resilient coastline to prevent flooding. The plan incorporates submerged Navy ships to create a buffer zone to shield the city from another super storm.
Mitch Joachim created what he calls a "riparian buffer zone". It can handle tremendous amounts of water; the design also transforms the landscape into additional land that can be used as a park.
The waterway-dumping trend in New York is nothing new - depositing old construction waste is what historical places like Battery Park City are built on - artificial land created from 'junk'.
But Joachim notes that his new plans to sink ships in order to create a protective barrier, as well as provide more recreational outdoor space for the public, should be deemed "upcycling", or 'adaptive re-use', he says.
If you would like to learn more about Terreform and other efforts the nonprofit is attempting, check out Terreform.org.
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