Blue Dunes

Climate Change by Design

Edited by Jesse M. Keenan and Claire Weisz

Columbia Books on Architecture and the City

Blue Dunes

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Pub Date: April 2017

ISBN: 9781941332153

288 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $20.00£14.95

Blue Dunes

Climate Change by Design

Edited by Jesse M. Keenan and Claire Weisz

Columbia Books on Architecture and the City

Blue Dunes chronicles the design of artificial barrier islands developed to protect the Mid-Atlantic region of North America in the face of climate change. It narrates the complex, and sometimes contradictory, research agenda of an unlikely team of analysts, architects, ecologists, engineers, physicists, and planners addressing extreme weather and sea level rise within the practical limitations of science, politics, and economics.
I. Introduction
Jesse M. Keenan
1. Hurricane Sandy and Extreme Weather Events
2. Rebuild by Design and the Genesis of Blue Dunes
3. Benchmark for Experimentation
4. Conceptualizing Climate Change: Mitigation, Resilience and Adaptation
5. Stakeholder Engagement and the Public Dialogue
6. From Plan to Lesson Plan

II. Design Perspectives
1. At the Scale of the Problem
Adriaan Geuze & Lauren Micir
2. Too Big to Fail: Mathematical Models vs. Observational Models
Kate John-Alder
3. Engaging Design
Claire Weisz

III.Toward a New Methodology
1. Introduction to the Project
Claire Weisz
2. Precedents: Competitions, Exhibitions and Plans
Claire Weisz & Justine Shapiro-Kline
3. Precedents: Redefining Parameters by Design
i. Coastal Hazards and Mitigation Tools
Thomas Herrington
ii. Beneficial Use of Dredge
Edgar Westerhof
iii. Existing Barrier Island Study Mapping
Justine Shapiro-Kline
iv. Coastal Protection via Offshore Wind Farms: A Transformative Idea
Alan Blumberg & Cristina L. Archer
4. Hydrodynamics and Coastal Ecologies
i. Computational Modeling
Alan Blumberg & Sergey Vinogradov
ii. Marine Coastal Mapping
Jesse M. Keenan
iii. MARCO and Marine Spatial Planning
Olaf Jensen
5. Economic and Development Research
i. Catastrophic Risk Engineering
Andrew Kao
ii. Estimated Loss Reduction Mapping
Andrew Kao
iii. Economic and Financing Considerations
Kei Hayashi
iv. Cost-Benefit Analysis
Kei Hayashi
v. Implementation Strategy
Jesse M. Keenan, Alan Blumberg & Edgar Westerhof
6. Participatory and Stakeholder Research
Claire Weisz, Alan Blumberg & Jesse M. Keenan

IV.The Blue Dunes Proposal

V. Reflections: Mainstreaming Regional Adaptation
Jesse M. Keenan & Claire Weisz
1. Political Economy of Adaptation
2. Design and Planning
3. Perils and Progress

Appendix
List of Figures
List of Tables
List of Abbreviations and Acronyms
Bibliography
Index
Acknowledgements
Credits

About the Author

Jesse M. Keenan is a member of the faculty of the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. Keenan is an internationally recognized expert in the fields of adaptation science and climate change planning and design. Keenan serves as the vice chair of the U.S. Community Resilience Panel for Buildings and Infrastructure Systems under the White House Climate Adaptation Plan and is a lead editor of the Built Environment section at the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit at climate.gov.

Claire Weisz, FAIA is an architect, urbanist, and educator. She is a founding principal of the award-winning firm WXY architecture + urban design, whose New York City-based practice focuses on innovative approaches to public space, buildings, and cities. WXY is a leader in advancing resilience practices at the intersection of architecture, planning, landscape and urban design. Weisz is a fellow of the American Institute of Architects and has taught design and planning studios at Yale University, New York University, Cornell University, and the City University of New York.

Cristina L. Archer, Alan Blumberg, Adriaan Geuze, Kei Hayashi, Thomas Herrington, Olaf Jensen, Kathleen John-Alder, Andrew Kao, Lauren Micir, B. Tyler Silvestro, Justine Shapiro-Kline, Sergey Vinogradov, Edgar Westerhof, and Mark Yoes.