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How to transform sinking cities into landscapes that fight floods | Kotchakorn Voraakhom

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From London to Tokyo, climate change is causing cities to sink — and our modern concrete infrastructure is making us even more vulnerable to severe flooding, says landscape architect and TED Fellow Kotchakorn Voraakhom. But what if we could design cities to help fight floods? In this inspiring talk, Voraakhom shows how she developed a massive park in Bangkok that can hold a million gallons of rainwater, calling for more climate change solutions that connect cities back to nature.

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26 Comments on How to transform sinking cities into landscapes that fight floods | Kotchakorn Voraakhom

  1. Discover Your Awesomeness // 11th February 2019 at 3:11 pm // Reply

    *Understand that half the game is keeping quiet, and carefully watching those around you.*

  2. Mariana Castro // 11th February 2019 at 3:21 pm // Reply

    México!!! This could be a solution!!

    • Chris The Impaler The Impaler // 11th February 2019 at 3:28 pm // Reply

      Mariana Castro check out Bhutan..the TED talk is “this land is not just carbon neutral, its carbon negative”

      good luck Mexico

  3. Mumbai, monsoons. Maybe something like this?

    Edit: I meant, to device an innovative mechanism to deal with the yearly flooding- apart from cleaning the drainage which I’m not sure is done.

    • I still remember the horrible flood in Chennai a few years back. Seems it would need to find a way to live with water much more urgently.

    • I think Mumbai is not sinking 1 cm per year as Bangkok is…only future issue could be sea level rise…in such a scenario no public park system will help :/

  4. Love innovations like this.

  5. Respect<3

  6. What great ideas! And this should bring it home to the deniers. Well done.

  7. Roberto Chavez // 11th February 2019 at 3:45 pm // Reply

    What a sweet women!

  8. Very informative! Nobody’s mentioned before that a city like New York is sinking. Good to know.

    • You mean, you didn’t hear of it

    • +Nick Kohlmann
      Nobody I know of has said anything, until her. Her park doesn’t really address sinking, but rather, water reuse.

    • +B uppy Yes, that’s actually the same. Assuming something doesn’t exist / hasn’t been said yet because you didn’t hear of it would only make sense if you were a god knowing absolutely everything.

    • +Nick Kohlmann
      You are conflating the two to be the same. I didn’t say I assumed, you assumed I assumed. It was not on my radar. There were no assumptions *one way or another, period* .

      In order to hear something, sonebody in my circle needs to mention it. Your point is tangential regarding my “hearing” something said, btw…

  9. Investing Book Summaries // 11th February 2019 at 4:03 pm // Reply

    I enjoy seeing major innovative changes

  10. I appreciate her solution to the flooding problem but don´t see a connection to climate change here.
    The floods are not caused by rising sea water levels but by the complete sealing of 150k hectors of land and a ground underneath that has almost no capacity to absorb water.
    Nevertheless, a very smart project

    • haeschensk8er wait, I see what your saying, but I think the increased rainfall from climate change makes the situation worse. But the situation exists because of all the concrete. But agreed, a great solution

  11. Much is being ascribed to cars, cows and carbon, but little is said about the earth’s tilt being significantly altered by the 2011 Sendai quake and 2004 Banda Aceh quake as big reasons for the name change from global warming, to global weirding and climate change.

  12. Rishabh Jaiswal // 11th February 2019 at 4:38 pm // Reply

    Really, it’s an amazing idea to develop our city #sinking, in a sustainable way and I salute to such a creative and firm determined architecture’s that are making this possible…and the thinking “Tang Jai” is also appreciable…

  13. This is literally how sustainability is created with innovative ideas centralising a simple principle. I dream to be a writer as a surveying student…… but when climate calls, waterlogged pages aren’t fun. I’m going to try my best to do that when I have a job or be elected as whatever and hold power.

  14. I love how she took the analogy of that small crack she made bigger as a child, and compared it to this ‘bigger crack’ she’d created in the form of these green spaces. To others, the breaking of the cement to free a little plant might seem destructive and to some, the creation of a green space might seem like pointless beautification, but from a different perspective- her perspective- it’s connecting and compromising on a shared space between humanity and nature for the greater good of both. Very well done. Props to her for her ingenuity and will to push for a better future for her city.

  15. 1.5x speed 🙂

  16. Nature Nurture // 11th February 2019 at 7:25 pm // Reply

    I cried a little. Loads of love and support to you sister. We won’t let your country drown. Tang Jai.

  17. Nerd' s eye view // 11th February 2019 at 8:10 pm // Reply

    The green rooves idea could be applied to almost all cities to combat global warming. Imagine the amount of CO2 that could be processed if all the cities in the UK alone had green rooves.

  18. Her name is the sound my car makes when it starts up.

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