Author: Stefan Al
Island Press, 2018

In 2012, Hurricane Sandy floods devastated coastal areas in New York and New Jersey. In 2017, Harvey flooded Houston. Today, even on sunny days in Miami, king tides bring fish swimming through the streets in low-lying areas. These and other events are typically called natural disasters. But overwhelming scientific consensus says they are actually the result of human-induced climate change and irresponsible construction inside floodplains.

As cities build more flood-management infrastructure to adapt to the effects of a changing climate, they must go beyond short-term flood protection and consider the long-term effects on the community, its environment, economy, and relationship with the water.

Adapting Cities to Sea Level Rise introduces design responses to sea-level rise, drawing from examples around the globe. Going against standard engineering solutions, it argues for approaches that are integrated with the public realm, nature-based, and sensitive to local conditions and the community. The book features design responses to building resilience that creates new civic assets for cities.

PART I investigates cities that have historically faced sea level rise and flooding issues, and their response in resiliency through urban design. Case study cities include New Orleans, New York City, Ho-Chi-Minh, and Rotterdam.

PART II Consists of a graphical catalogue of best practice ‘ingredients’ or resilient strategies. These various strategies are broken up into four sections—protect, adapt, store, restore, and retreat—and will follow an ‘ad-hoc’ style for cities all over the world to follow.