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Alan Plattus describes how resilience is critical for cities as they prepare for climate change, specifically the coastal flooding that is occurring with increasing frequency as our oceans rise. He argues that we must “prepare and plan” for the inevitable floods to come. His solutions will surprise you.

Alan J. Plattus is Professor of Architecture and Urbanism at Yale University. He teaches architectural history and theory, urban history and design, and directs the school’s China Studio. He founded and directs the Yale Urban Design Workshop, a community design center that undertakes complex community-based planning projects throughout the world, at scales ranging from the neighborhood to the region, in response to problems such as border conflict, underdevelopment and climate change.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at


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