Research and crowdsourced innovation co-create solutions for Red Hook and other coastal cities around the globe at risk of extreme weather
FLORHAM PARK, NJ, March 17, 2016 – BASF, a leading global chemical company at the forefront of sustainable construction solutions, released a white paper titled “Co-Creating Solutions for Urban Neighborhoods in Coastal Cities: A Look at Red Hook, Brooklyn.” It explores five solutions that would help Red Hook to resiliently and sustainably rebuild from the $32 billion in property damage Hurricane Sandy left behind in 2012, better prepare to withstand extreme weather and ultimately revitalize the neighborhood’s fledgling economy.
The ideas identified in the white paper are the culmination of BASF’s Creator Space Tour, hosted in New York City in May 2015 as part of the company’s global initiative marking its 150th anniversary. BASF engaged leading subject matter experts, including Terreform ONE and the Stevens Institute of Technology, among others, alongside Red Hook residents to crowdsource and co-create innovative solutions to transform not only the Brooklyn neighborhood, but serve as a model for other coastal cities around the globe at high risk of flooding and impacts of climate change.
“BASF sees tremendous opportunity to create a meaningful and measurable impact in Red Hook through the solutions we’ve identified,” says Michael Fletcher, Commercial Segment Manager for BASF. “Six-hundred million people call coastal cities home. And with recent studies reporting sea levels rose faster in the 20th century than the previous 2,700 years, preparing Red Hook and cities like Miami, Florida; Guangzhou, China; and Mumbai, India, is paramount.”
Through these proposed solutions, BASF aims for Red Hook to serve as a high-test, global model of urbanized habitat, citizenship and resilience in light of the changing environmental landscape.
The five different solutions identified in the white paper are as follows:
“In the nearly four years since Hurricane Sandy, thought leaders from various industries and practices have conceptualized myriad solutions for Red Hook,” says Vivian Kuan, Executive Director of Terreform ONE. “Through our collaboration with BASF for Creator Space, we have immersed ourselves in the community and its residents to identify solutions we believe will best address the neighborhood’s needs for environmental, social and economic resilience. Change is coming to Red Hook and we are honored to be engaged alongside BASF as a partner in this initiative.”
To read the white paper “Co-Creating Solutions for Urban Neighborhoods in Coastal Cities: A Look at Red Hook, Brooklyn” in its entirety or to learn more about the Creator Space program, click here.
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Suggested caption: A Network of Green Corridors can improve social cohesion and reduce Red Hook’s isolation through shared spaces for pedestrians. Image source: Terreform ONE.
Suggested caption: A Coastal Park provides a first line of defense from storm surges and rising sea levels. Image source: Terreform ONE.
Suggested caption: A center for “Green Collar” job training can support sustainable solutions in the community while providing employment opportunities. Image source: Terreform ONE.
Suggested caption: Improving Red Hook’s resilience, habitat and citizenship starts with the rethinking Red Hook’s public housing. Image source: Terreform ONE.
Suggested caption: The Model Block demonstrates how smart design can affordably preserve the character of a neighborhood and contribute to its resiliency and sustainability. Image source: Terreform ONE.
BASF Corporation, headquartered in Florham Park, New Jersey, is the North American affiliate of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF has nearly 17,500 employees in North America, and had sales of $17.4 billion in 2015. For more information about BASF’s North American operations, visit www.basf.us.
At BASF, we create chemistry for a sustainable future. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. The approximately 112,000 employees in the BASF Group work on contributing to the success of our customers in nearly all sectors and almost every country in the world. Our portfolio is organized into five segments: Chemicals, Performance Products, Functional Materials & Solutions, Agricultural Solutions and Oil & Gas. BASF generated sales of more than €70 billion in 2015. BASF shares are traded on the stock exchanges in Frankfurt (BAS), London (BFA) and Zurich (AN). Further information at www.basf.com.
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