More from the Waterfront

Hamburg: Day Fourteen

Hamburg is a port city undergoing a master-planned dockland and waterfront redevelopment. It also has a tidal range of three meters. Many of the new and rejuvenated buildings are located beneath the high water mark, but rather than banning development within the rather large area subject to inundation, their solution has been to waterproof the lower floors in expectation that the precinct will go under water a couple of times a year (and perhaps more often in the future).

Seems to me that solutions can be engineered when someone decides it’s possible, and worthwhile. Banning stuff doesn’t really foster the best in human ingenuity now, does it?

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