22 Jul '16, 3pm

Kristina Hill of @UCBerkeley explains what critical resilient designs we must adopt now

Flooding is and will be our most significant urban adaptation challenge. Recent scientific estimates of future sea level rise predict 4-6 feet by 2100, rising rapidly after that. Some experts think a better estimate would be 6-9 feet by 2060. Groundwater levels will also rise, on top of sea levels, causing extensive freshwater flooding in coastal cities that may well double the area that floods by salt water. In addition, rainfall intensity has already increased and will continue to get worse. If cities wait, they’ll be in triage mode and will have to abandon districts that can’t afford to adapt using local funds. “Abandonment” is another word for economic and environmental disaster—when it happens in under-funded cities, it will leave behind underground infrastructure, building ruins, and soil contamination. The most important new urban designs are those for floodable dev...

Full article: http://gbdmagazine.com/2016/resiliency-roundtable-kristin...

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