Design for Troubled Waters: Cities need to grapple with complex ideas to prepare for the next superstorm. #Sandy

Design for Troubled Waters: Cities need to grapple with complex ideas to prepare for the next superstorm. #Sandy

Two large buildings stand about a quarter mile apart in Red Hook, on the Brooklyn waterfront. One is a 19th-century brick warehouse handsomely renovated to house apartments and Fairway Market, a much-beloved gourmet grocery; the other is the local outpost of IKEA in a sprawling yellow-and-blue shed whose ground floor is mostly parking. The storm surge from Superstorm Sandy wrecked Fairway, which will take months to rebuild. IKEA, by contrast, with its merchandise mostly off the ground floor, was scarcely damaged and reopened a few days later; FEMA even housed a temporary office there. ----- Advertising ----- There’s a lesson to be learned there, but Stephen Cassell, a principal in New York’s Architecture Research Office, thinks we’re in danger of learning the wrong one. “The one surefire way to deal with flooding is to raise buildings off the ground,” says Cassell, who spo...

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