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The New Water-Resistant Architecture

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It’s a tough time to be an architect. Some of biggest new developments today are planned for sites right next to water — and are vulnerable to flooding.

Across the country, old industrial sites alongside rivers and canals are being rebuilt. In New York City, the giant development at Hudson Yards is just a few yards from the Hudson River. Architects now have to create designs that manage floods, according to local news source DNAinfo, which has gathered information and renderings from a dozen water-resistant designs.

For example, Rudin Management’s new Dock 72 in the Brooklyn Navy Yard is raised above grade level (pictured). Thor Equities is also creating a deployable flood wall for its Red Hook Point development, also in Brooklyn.

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