Jinan River North, which appeared in LAF's April issue, proposes an innovative approach to enabling development on a historically volatile floodplain of China's Yellow River. The 1,600 hectare project, currently being implemented, uses a variety of flood mitigation strategies to prepare the area for flooding events ranging from average rainfall to a 200 year storm. Resembling interlocking fingers, the land is built up into peninsula-like outcroppings, significantly increasing property's water frontage and encouraging community connection with the river.
LAF's June issue profiles Sea Change: Boston, a 2013-14 research initiative that culminated in an exhibit at Boston's District Hall. Led by a team of Sasaki planners in conjunction with the Boston Architectural College, the City of Boston, and the Boston Harbor Associations, the initiative explored the growing risks that Boston and the greater coastal regions are facing due to sea level rise. Sea levels are projected to rise some six feet by 2100, and Sea Change: Boston emphasizes the important of thinking about urban areas on a system's based regional level, especially with regards to coastal, transportation, and utility infrastructure.
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The Yellow River is one of the most powerful rivers in the world. Throughout history, the unpredictable river destroyed villages and flooded farmland. Thus the Yellow River has been a physical and psychological...