Topos 87


Topos 87 Coastal Strategies

Over time, people have had to adapt to the forces of nature. They had to avoid high tides and floods as well as fires and had to evaluate risks in order to minimise them. In the past, flood barriers, dykes and other ingenious technical measures have served those who could afford protection. However, climate change and associated storms and floods now call for risk management concepts and adaption strategies, i.e. flexible systems. These techniques are being developed in the USA, Europe and Asia. This issue of Topos contains some fascinating examples.

Kristina Hill: The New Age of Coasts: A Design Typology
Strategies for flood control

Jandirk Hoekstra, Inge Kersten: The Future of the Dutch Coast
The Dutch National Coastal Strategy

Steven Delva: Future Dike Design
New approaches to dike design in the Netherlands

Antje Stokman: Growing with the Sea
Strategy for the Wadden Sea, Germany

Henk Ovink: Reform by Design
The Rebuild by Design competition: New York City

SCAPE team: Living Breakwaters
A contribution to Rebuild by Design

BIG team: BIG U – Life Belt for New York
A contribution to Rebuild by Design

Jennifer E. Cooper: Proving Ground
Hunter’s Point, San Francisco

Jennifer Bolstad, Walter Meyer: Resiliency for the City and the Sea
Examples of coastal urbanism: New York and Puerto Rico

Elizabeth Mossop: Changing Course
Redesigning the Lower Mississippi Delta

Pierre-André Martin: A Lagoon for the Olympic Park
Restoration of the waterfront in Rio de Janeiro

Danai Thaitakoo, Brian McGrath: Bangkok Liquid Perception
Renewal of waterscape urbanism

Karsten Schroeder: Embankments in Bangladesh
Cooperation between people and authorities for flood control

Bonani Kakkar: Sustainability through Wise Use
The East Kolkata Wetlands

Catherine Seavitt: Poldering the Yangtze River Delta
A reasearch project of Princeton University

Miriam García García, Manuel Borobio Sanchiz: Sustainable Development of the Spanish Atlantic Coast
Galician Coastal Management Plan