Week 3: Know your Zone


It was an interesting experience to have a presentation about flood mitigation in an art museum. I was most impressed by how designers were enabled and even encouraged by suffering the storm Sandy in 2012. Designers and engineers immediately realized how climate changing influenced on architecture, and took that challenge to a highlight in the design. I don’t feel different about living in nyc. Instead, I feel more new york than before. Because people here are never surrounded by any situation. New york is a city full of flaws maybe, but the reason why we love here is we are facing to those flaws and trying to make everything better. I definitely recommend more people to know about the flood mitigation system in Whitney Museum. Especially, when I was informed that they have devised a temporary barrier wall protective system, which needs people participate in. The flood gate is quite creative for me. Because it is 10 inches thick with the hinge to stop the water from museum. But it only needs 2 persons to close the gate. This presentation gives me lots of new visions of flood mitigation. I still remember they were talking about a professional team who had a plan to leave the space and built a “path” to release the water along the bottom of the building, instead of blocking out it. I was quite intrigued and surprised of that.



Even I know Manhattan is basically an island, but I never realize we are threatened by storm and flood this bad. Having an awareness of evacuation makes me locate myself consciously. I become more sensitive of the distance between me and the river surrounded. Meanwhile, I feel more responsible to be always aware of the evacuation. So I can lead people to safe places during the occasions. Basically, the nearest the buildings to the river are the most dangerous . Since we have restore the cables in subway tunnels and lots of buildings are aware of the emergence of mitigation of flood, I believe we have more preparation to face the next storm.

I recommend every neighborhood or building deliver each apt a booklet or sheet which circle the zone they are and educate people about the hurricane knowledge. But people may ignore it and let it be the coaster at the end. Also, if we want to spread this information efficiently, we may also get a challenge of different languages, since NYC is one of the most multi-culture city in the world. Besides, for those homeless people, this method may effect little on them.


The micro plastic has penetrated into the system of water(both tap water and bottled water), seafood, wildlife and air.

I didn’t realize how much our life has been influenced by plastic until reading this article. It’s terrifying to live surrounded by all those plastic which is non degradable. By that, not only we are eating and drinking and wearing the plastic, but also the next generation will. And if we dig deeper, with our lung and body absorbing those micro plastic, how will this affect on the pregnant women? As a fashion designer, the most concern besides design is material. Maybe a sweater seems containing no plastic. But if we think about how we dye the fabric, the wool, in this case, will definitely surprise us of how much chemical pigments and water we use. So I was always wondering do we need so many different synthetic color the same design garments? We should lead the public’s aesthetic to the organic, essential natural color of the fabric.

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