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Five ideas that might have saved New York City from flooding


Thinking about solutions with our current studio project for Public Lands, along the Schuylkill River Front in Philadelphia.

Originally posted on Quartz:

New York City didn’t have to flood quite this badly, or, at least, it doesn’t have to again. There’s no shortage of ideas out there for how the city could adapt to rising sea levels (or, we’ll just say it: climate change). A lot of them haven’t been deployed or more seriously studied because they seem too expensive or daunting. But an event like Sandy quickly changes that calculus. Suddenly, some of these solutions don’t look quite as expensive as cleaning up after a hurricane:

1. Sea Gates and Surge Barriers. We’ll start with the biggie, a multi-billion dollar idea to keep storm surge out of New York by blocking it with some kind of moveable sea wall. Such infrastructure actually exists in England and the Netherlands, and a Dutch design and engineering firm was among several that presented ideas for such a barrier at a conference in New York…

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SER2015 World Conference – Call for Symposia, Workshops & Training Course


 “Towards Resilient Ecosystems: Restoring the Urban, the Rural and the Wild.”

- Will be held in Manchester, England from August 23-27, 2015, with pre-Conference Training Courses taking place at Manchester Metropolitan University on Friday, August 21 and Saturday, August 22.

- If you would like to contribute to the SER2015 scientific program by organizing a symposium, leading an interactive workshop or conducting a training course in conjunction with the conference, we encourage you to submit your proposal by following this link:


The deadline for proposal submissions is December 12, 2014.

Bridging the Gap between People, Policy and Research through Restorative Design

Temple SER Student Association PResident

Temple SER Student Association Founder

Bridging the Gap between People, Policy and Research through Restorative Design

Carol Maxwell is the Student Representative to the Board of Directors of the Society for Ecological Restoration International and a Master’s Student in the Landscape Architecture at Temple, Ambler. During this past summer she had the opportunity to attend major conferences in Finland and New Orleans, focused on large-scale ecosystem restoration, ecosystem services, and environmental policy. Her upcoming lecture  on Oct 15th in Bright Hall Lounge @ 12:30 will address specific areas of innovative ecological restoration research and policy that are applicable to the field of landscape architecture and planning.