Climate Change, Floods, Barriers, Superstorms, Nemcik
Super Storm Sandy brutally exposed the vulnerabilities of the Atlanta coast leading to extensive damage and loss. It left 650,000 homes damaged or destroyed and caused $65.7 billion in damages in the tri-state area, making it the 2nd costliest storm in U.S. history. In the area of NJ alone, damages cost about $36 billion. In what way can architecture influence not only the how to rebuild but the way in which we think of recovery.
Due to its location, New Jersey’s coast was physically the largest impacted region as per Sandy. (Although New York overall saw more damage due to its infrastructure and real estate costs) The state’s Barrier Islands, received the brunt of the storm. The low lying geography of the region coupled with the extreme density of development resulted in a large swath of physical damage which in turn, had a significant economic cost.
Nemcik, Marisa, "Barrier(s)" (2014). Architecture Senior Theses. Paper 215.
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