Structures of Coastal Resilience
8 x 9
Two 16-page color inserts, 40 photos, 40 illustrations
Structures of Coastal Resilience presents new strategies for creative and collaborative approaches to coastal planning for climate change. In the face of sea level rise and an increased risk of flooding from storm surge, we must become less dependent on traditional approaches to flood control that have relied on levees, sea walls, and other forms of hard infrastructure. But what are alternative approaches for designers and planners facing the significant challenge of strengthening their communities to adapt to uncertain climate futures?
Authors Catherine Seavitt Nordenson, Guy Nordenson, and Julia Chapman have been at the forefront of research on new approaches to effective coastal resilience planning for over a decade. In Structures of Coastal Resilience, they reimagine how coastal planning might better serve communities grappling with a future of uncertain environmental change. They encourage more creative design techniques at the beginning of the planning process, and offer examples of innovative work incorporating flexible natural systems into traditional infrastructure. They also draw lessons for coastal planning from approaches more commonly applied to fire and seismic engineering. This is essential, they argue, because storms, sea level rise, and other conditions of coastal change will incorporate higher degrees of uncertainty—which have traditionally been part of planning for wildfires and earthquakes, but not floods or storms.
This book is for anyone grappling with the immense questions of how to prepare communities to flourish despite unprecedented climate impacts. It offers insights into new approaches to design, engineering, and planning, envisioning adaptive and resilient futures for coastal areas.
"A significant contribution to the body of research on coastal resilience...Structures of Coastal Resilience is an excellent collation of current design research and trends related to our coasts. And through historical analysis, ecological research, and an exploration of representation, the book suggests new ways of seeing and responding to the opportunities our coasts provide."
ASLA's The Dirt
"Structures of Coastal Resilience proposes a dissolution of the boundaries between engineering, architecture, and the sciences in favor of a climate-responsive environmental design approach, integrating broad-scale material transformation, micro-gradients, people, and marine life. Case studies of action and intervention are presented alongside thoughtful commentary exploring the designer's expanded scope and agency within an increasingly dynamic coastal edge. A must-read!"
Kate Orff, SCAPE Landscape Architecture and Columbia University
"The coast—the great meeting of land and water, familiar, strange, beautiful, frightening—a place we abuse and build over, yet where nature remains wild and uncontrolled. With vivid visualizations, Structures of Coastal Resilience captures these dichotomies and points us toward a new relationship with the coast, a necessity as rising seas threaten to overwhelm us."
Michael Oppenheimer, Princeton University
"With more than half of the world's population residing in coastal cities, this book presents a much-needed action plan—a manifesto for urban resilience. Interweaving historical observation with a scientific analysis of natural processes at play in the landscape, the authors present a new paradigm of design that can adapt to the trajectories of climate change and coastal flooding. Here, the physical infrastructures of defense give way to the flexible and adaptive strategies of ecology, policy, and planning."
Barry Bergdoll, Columbia University and The Museum of Modern Art
Foreword Michael Kimmelman
Chapter 1. Designing for Coastal Resiliency
Chapter 2. Visualizing the Coast
Chapter 3. Reimagining the Floodplain
Chapter 4. Mapping Coastal Futures
Chapter 5. Centennial Projections
Afterword Jeffrey Hebert