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We want the waterfront to be more thoughtfully planned, with less concrete and more plants on the Lower East Side.

After Hurricane Sandy it became apparent that the city had a problem. After decades of fighting the natural ecological conditions of our present day metropolis, we watched as the city was encompassed by water--as infrastructure and houses were damaged or destroyed by the poor planning of the past. What this idea calls for is more flexible water fronts.

Instead of placing concrete and walls to fight against the water why not work with it. Let's plant grasses and other plants along the water front and help rebuild the unique ecosystem that was previously present in New York (while simultaneously decreasing flooding and limiting costly projects such as water barriers).

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Completely agree. If you haven't seen Kate Orff speak about the ecology of the NYC coastline, check it out -


Reviving New York's rivers -- with oysters! | Video on

Architect Kate Orff sees the oyster as an agent of urban change. Bundled into beds and sunk into city rivers, oysters slurp up pollution and make legendarily dirty waters clean -- thus driving even more innovation in "oyster-tecture." Orff shares her vision for an urban landscape that links nature and humanity for mutual benefit.

Posted Feb 17, 2013
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