Flooding

March 3, 2011, 6am PST
As floods increase and the tourist-focus of the city pervades, Venice, Italy is losing much of its charm -- and its native population.
Der Spiegel
January 14, 2011, 8am PST
Devastating floods have inundated Brisbane, Australia. Some say the city's sprawling development pattern fueled the destruction.
Grist
September 3, 2010, 8am PDT
HafenCity is a district in Hamburg that is being built with flooding in mind. One way the development prepares for rising waters is having several layers of public space that can be used, creating a model for cities facing global warming.
WorldChanging
September 1, 2010, 7am PDT
With 62,000 square miles of the country flooded and affected by monsoons, Pakistan's infrastructure is expected to be set back for years.
The New York Times
August 30, 2010, 2pm PDT
Using five examples, this piece from <em>The New York Times</em> looks at how small problems can lead to huge issues in America's aging infrastructure.
The New York Times
August 5, 2010, 6am PDT
Three design firms offer new ideas for redesigning New Orleans' levees.
Good
March 31, 2010, 10am PDT
The environmental and infrastructural conditions that brought about the flooding of New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina in 2005 remain today, and have the potential to cause similar devastation, according to this piece.
Places
March 3, 2010, 5am PST
The leading architect and urban planner from the Philippines is calling on the city of Manila to take stronger precautions in the face of earthquakes and other natural disasters.
Philippine Daily Inquirer
February 5, 2010, 7am PST
The Brazilian government has approved a new hydroelectric dam in the Amazon. Many locals and environmentalists are fuming.
Guardian
January 5, 2010, 9am PST
Flood maps redrawn by the Federal Emergency Management Agency are causing thousands of Southern California residents to buy mandatory flood insurance, even though they say flooding is rare and barely an issue.
Los Angeles Times
December 31, 2009, 6am PST
Breached levees are a major concern for riverside cities; New Orleans struggled with their disastrous results after Hurricane Katrina. While shoring and sandbagging have been relied upon in the past, new methods for stopping breaches are emerging.
The Economist
November 20, 2009, 9am PST
A federal judge has ruled that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' mismanaged maintenance of the Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet was the cause of flood damage in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.
New Orleans Times-Picayune
October 10, 2009, 9am PDT
As the city of New Orleans rebuilds its flooded and destroyed neighborhoods, a new design from architect Thom Mayne seeks to counteract the flood-prone area by simply floating.
NPR
September 13, 2009, 11am PDT
Plans to construct a new cargo port near Venice has some conservationists up in arms. They say the plans would exacerbate rising water levels and further endanger the flood-prone ancient city.
The Guardian
August 27, 2009, 7am PDT
Architecture and biomimicry are joining forces. A new city being planned in a flood-prone region of India is using the concept of mimicking nature to build a city that better responds to its environmental conditions.
Harvard Magazine
April 19, 2009, 7am PDT
A disturbing new report on sea-level rise projections for California warns that the state must start planning now for the anticipated flooding of its coastline, which could wipe out over $100 billion worth of built infrastructure.
AlterNet
January 3, 2009, 9am PST
This article from <em>Wired</em> looks at new plans to prevent massive flooding in the low-lying Netherlands.
Wired
November 13, 2008, 11am PST
FEMA has redone official maps of flood-prone areas across the country, designating some as flood zones for the first time.
USA Today
June 19, 2008, 6am PDT
<p>This article from <em>The Christian Science Monitor</em> looks at how development, farm practices, and population growth have increased the risk of flooding.</p>
The Christian Science Monitor
June 18, 2008, 12pm PDT
<p>Flood waters along the Mississippi River continue to rise, leaving many Midwest towns deep under water. The Army Corps of Engineers has just identified 27 levees that may not be high enough to handle the rising waters.</p>
USA Today