By Jon Penndorf, FAIA (Washington Post)
When a community is decimated by a 1,000-year weather event, with multiple feet of rain deposited on streets, parking lots and roofs, there is no way to plan where to put the water. The water must go somewhere.
Architects, designers and urban planners have been urging communities to plan for crisis-level weather events for years. Previous storms such as hurricanes Katrina and Sandy provided devastating and long-lasting effects from which we glean lessons on preparedness and construction, but no one can safely and legitimately plan for a rain and wind event that has a 1-in-1,000 chance of occurring. Instead, communities need to understand that events like Hurricane Harvey are the true definition of climate change. Read more >