Rising Currents:

Climate Change Resiliency for NYC

In 2009, Nim was chosen to be part of a multidisciplinary team of architects, landscape architects, and energy experts to develop ecologically based solutions to climate change induced rising sea levels for New York Harbor. This three-month charette, organized by the Princeton University School of Architecture was then exhibited at Museum of Modern Art.

Nim was selected for one of five teams for this award winning exhibit, which was a crossover success, bringing pressing current scientific issues into the realms of art and architecture. Besides months of team collaboration at MoMA's PS-1 galleries and the office of architect Mattthew Baird, the events included panel discussions at the MoMA, public workshops, an exhibition, and book.

Nim's team was assigned a complex post-industrial site that included coastline of Staten Island and New Jersey. Their proposal included environmental restoration using adaptive reuse of glass, clean energy generation using existing infrastructures, and building innovative public spaces.

Several years later, NYC experienced its worst storm surge and urban inundation in history, Hurricane Sandy.  Some of the ideas studied as part of this effort are being employed by communities in New York and New Jersey as they continue to rebuild and better prepare for future storms.

In the Press

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