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NYC Studio Designs Towers That Adapts To Climate

NYC Studio Designs Towers That Adapts To Climate

NYC Tower Designs Adapt To Climate

Rising sea levels poses a threat to all cities around the globe that face waterfronts. NYC based architecture studio, DFA, see these threats as an opportunity to introduce new building designs that can cope and adapt to climate change.

According to reports by NYC Department of Environmental Conservation, New York City’s sea level is expected to rise 11-30 inches by 2050 and between 50 to 75 inches by 2100.

The vast majority of current buildings along NYC’s waterfronts are not designed to accommodate such changes in sea levels.

This is where DFA hopes to step in and provide fresh solutions. DFA’s has proposed designs for towers sitting on top of Pier 40 on the Hudson River. It is located at the west end of Manhattan right on top of the Hudson River Park. Pier 40 was zoned for exclusively entertainment and retail purposes, with half of the pier set aside for recreational purposes. Currently, Pier 40 serves as a parking garage and sports facility.

The need for this design proposal arose back in 2012 when NYC officials began to take notice of the repairs and improvements needed for the 15-acre floating structure.


NYC Towers Adapt To Climate

Photos by DFA


With this in mind – DFA toke a very longer-term view with proposal designs for the future of the pier. Also taking into account NYC need for more affordable housing, it systematically designed a mix use structure with dedicated zones for recreation, affordable housing, retail, and public space.


NYC Towers Adapt To Climate

Photo by DFA


The final designs feature a number of cylindrical towers ranging in height from 96 to 455 feet. The development would be built to act like a floating island that can withstand significant sea level rise and flooding. The units would be elevated above the anticipated storm surge levels.

The design also includes a set of pathways that connect different areas of the development. Some of these pathways would be built with the expectation that they will eventually be submerged under water over time. In which case the elevated pathways would act as a new way to get around.


NYC Towers Adapt To Climate

Photo by DFA

NYC Towers Adapt To Climate

Photo by DFA






  • hellosolarblog

    K-T and assorted clone diagrams of atmospheric power flux balances include a GHG up/down/”back” LWIR energy loop of about 330 W/m^2 which violates three basic laws of thermodynamics: 1) energy created out of thin air, 2) energy moving (i.e. heat) from cold to hot without added work, and 3) 100% efficiency, zero loss, perpetual looping.

    One possible defense of this GHG loop is that USCRN and SURFRAD data actually measure and thereby prove the existence of this up/down/”back” LWIR energy loop. Although in many instances the net 333 W/m^2 of up/down/”back” LWIR power flux loop exceeds by over twice the downwelling solar power flux, a rather obvious violation of conservation of energy.

    And just why is that?

    Per Apogee SI-100 series radiometer Owner’s Manual page 15. “Although the ε (emissivity) of a fully closed plant canopy can be 0.98-0.99, the lower ε of soils and other surfaces can result in substantial errors if ε effects are not accounted for.”

    Emissivity, ε, is the ratio of the actual radiation from a surface and the maximum S-B BB radiation at the surface’s temperature. Consider an example from the K-T diagram: 63 W/m^2 / 396 W/m^2 = 0.16 = ε. In fact, 63 W/m^2 & 289 K & 0.16 together fit just fine in a GB version of the S-B equation.

    What no longer fits is the 330 W/m^2 GHG loop which vanishes back into the mathematical thin air from whence it came.

    “Their staff is too long. They are digging in the wrong place.”
    “There is no spoon.”
    The up/down/”back” GHG radiation of RGHE theory simply:

    Which also explains why the scientific justification of RGHE is so contentious.

  • hellosolarblog

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