A few items to share in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy:
Hurricane Sandy from NASA GOES-13
Prediction: As the son of a meteorologist, I feel obligated to note that this storm was very well forecast. Given a broader critique of science on a number of fronts, the accuracy of the forecast and the warning it provided
Continue reading Miscellaneous thoughts on Hurricane Sandy
DC Water's Blue Plains waste water treatment facility. CC image from erin m.
While perusing Twitter (hat tip to Jeff Wood), I came across this Guardian article about urban uses of natural processes to do the dirty work of urban pollution mitigation. The piece discusses all types of green infrastructure and the natural processes they emulate,
Continue reading Green vs. gray – two sides of the same coin
Near the soon to be opened and fantastic Park at the Yards, there’s a lot of new low-impact development infrastructure. These bioretention areas should be a great example of the new kind of both urban and environmentally sustainable infrastructure can be.
These are not ordinary tree boxes. Instead of draining into a standard storm sewer, these
Continue reading Low impact development near the Navy Yard
A series of (somewhat) tangentially related post/items/articles I’ve been meaning to mention here:
1. Security Theater – mammoth
There are always tensions between openness and security, and cities like DC have plenty of examples of this – everything from bollards anchored in 6 feet of subterranean concrete to jersey barriers strewn in front of building entrances. Given
Continue reading Infrastructure + Networks + Security
I’ve been meaning to say something on some more water + city issues raised by mammoth a short time ago, but I haven’t gotten around to it. Mammoth points us to another entrant in the design competition for Toronto’s Port Lands (following up on some of the discussion about McMillan Two). The project, called River+City+Life,
Continue reading More ideas for the Eco-City Beautiful