Steve Cecil speaks to the dangers of developing our waterfronts based on nostalgia.
by Written By Steve Cecil AIA ASLA
Dec 14, 2013.
The anticipated onslaught of rising seas and severe storm surges has grabbed media attention, spawning dramatic narratives about the urban disasters ahead. The science-based predictions are grim, raising specters of an additional 4 feet of storm-driven seawater flooding coastal cities by the end of the century. In the recent past, we have formed urban-design and regulatory models around nostalgic visions of waterfronts as bustling civic and maritime edges, where an unspoiled environment meets the architecture of the city. But these approaches can become barriers to necessary innovation in the face of climate change.