Design Teams Propose Solutions for “Rising Currents”

- by Alanna Malone, Architectural Record

Design Teams Propose Solutions for “Rising Currents” - by Alanna Malone, Architectural Record

Though experts may dispute the role of human activity in climate change, evidence is mounting that temperatures and sea levels are rising. With 10 of the world’s largest 15 cities located on the coast, metropolitan areas could be greatly affected... (to read more, click here)

"Taking on the Tides"

- by Yael Friedman, ArtInfo

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An “initiative to create infrastructure solutions for New York’s Waterfront,” “Rising Currents,” conceived by Barry Bergdoll, chief curator of architecture and design at MoMA and head curator of “Rising Currents,” has brought together architects, engineers, and landscape designers for an eight-week architects-in-residence workshop starting last November... (to read more, click here)

Rising Currents

- by Jane Margolies, The Design Observer


More than 300 people shoehorned themselves into a gallery in the former public school — sitting on folding chairs, standing along the edges of the room and finally claiming floor space up front. They were there to hear a status report on “Rising Currents: Projects for New York’s Waterfront,” a program undertaken by the Museum of Modern Art and P.S. 1 to address the potential effects of climate change on coastal areas in the New York City region... (to read more, click here)


Earlier this month, five multidisciplinary urban and architectural design firms chosen by the MoMA presented their visions for the future of New York City’s waterfront in the face of global warming –- in particular the rising sea levels and torrential storms... (to read more, click here)

Design Surge

- by Alan G. Brake, 

The Archtitects Newspaper


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A new MoMA/P.S. 1 program called Rising Currents: Projects for New York’s Waterfront pairs four teams of designers with four sites in New York and New Jersey’s Upper Bay. The teams will develop designs for “soft infrastructure” to mitigate high storm surges, which are projected to intensify due to climate change-induced rising waters, leaving New York vulnerable to Katrina-style flooding... (to read more, click here)

Future Dangers for a Maritime City

- By Nicolai Ouroussoff, The New York Times


From its description Rising Currents: Projects for New York’s Waterfront, a six-month research program being inaugurated early next month at the Museum of Modern Art, sounds like the kind of dry, somnolent workshop someone would dream up for a convention of civil engineers. Conceived to address the potential effects of rising water levels and apocalyptic storms on the city, the program is modeled on the principles of “soft infrastructure,” which proposes flexible ecological systems as an alternative to “hard” solutions like concrete dams and storm barriers... (to read more, click here)

Celebrating a Chinese Heritage, With Nods to New York

- By Claire Wilson, The New York Times

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James Kaplan, the chief executive of Tai Ping, a high-end carpet company based in Hong Kong, knew exactly what he didn’t want when he began to think of a United States headquarters and flagship showroom. There would be no piles of smelly rugs on the floor and no pushy sales representatives, and the space wouldn’t be in a building with other rug wholesalers... (to read more, click here)