FEATURE REPORT/ ARTICLE OF THE WEEK
Anyone following recent global news would have seen reports of the devastating rains which are creating havoc in Chennai. This torrential downpour has been caused by a major depression, breaking a 100-year-old record. With rains battering the city relentlessly, the community is coming together in a vivid show of solidarity. The worst of times is bringing out the best in human nature. Helplines, homes, restaurants, mosques, churches, temples – everyone is helping in every way they can. The situation is both heartwarming and frustrating, a palpable query growing on everyone’s mind is why is the city not equipped to manage these rains? With years of parched fields, dwindling reservoirs and almost incessant road work (always for the ‘upkeep’ of the City’), why are roads caving in and reservoirs being opened out to let out the extra water?
Yes, this is the time for action and not whining, so lets get a grasp on the causes of the problem, and attempt to answer the bigger question, how do we plan better and quicker for the future?
Read the whole piece here
Published by The Economic Times.
ONLINE PUBLICATION OF THE WEEK
‘Designing for Flood Risk’
Published by NYC Planning Department
This report identifies key design principles to guide flood-resistant construction in urban areas. It provides an overview of regulatory requirements for construction in flood zones under the National Flood Insurance Program, and explores the impacts of flood-resistant construction standards on built form and the creation of a vibrant streetscape and public realm. The report also lays out recommendations for how zoning can incorporate these principles to enable more versatile and desirable design solutions for flood-resistant construction.
Designing for Flood Risk strongly shaped the Department’s proposed Flood Resilience Text Amendment, which would enable buildings to be constructed and retrofitted for flood resilience based on the flood maps issued by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), while mitigating the potential negative effects of elevated buildings on ground-floor activity and quality of the streetscape.
Read the publication here.
VIDEO/ PODCAST OF THE WEEK
‘Future Megacities – Adaptation Planning in Ho-Chi-Minh City, Vietnam’
Created by CrossDocs
This week’s video takes a look at adaptive planning measures, sustainable strategies for climate-oriented urban structures, energy efficient housing typologies and comprehensive environmental protection presented in cooperation with the Center of Water Management and Climate Change, Vietnam National University, Ho Chi Minh City, and funded by the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research.