Berlin Is Threatened From Below By Its Rising Water Table

While the American West stumbles forward into an already dangerous drought—and it's barely even summer—Berliners are simply not using enough water. This means that the city's water table is now on the rise, and it's beginning to threaten the city's buildings from below. Some basements have already been affected. » 4/13/14 5:00pm 4/13/14 5:00pm

NYC's First Inflatable Tunnel Plug Will Stop Floods, Smoke, and Gas

After Hurricane Sandy decimated the subway system last year, officials pledged to install new devices to help halt the rising tides—including flood gates and, more intriguingly, a device called a "tunnel plug." » 11/04/13 4:00pm 11/04/13 4:00pm

Planning For the Next Sandy, Manhattan Building Installs a $250k Gate

After Hurricane Sandy blew through New York in October, the lion's share of media coverage focused on the beachfront, where damage was most visible. In lower Manhattan, though, the nine-foot storm surge took a subterranean toll, ruining millions of dollars worth of mechanical systems and forcing many developers to… » 4/16/13 10:40am 4/16/13 10:40am

How New York Will Stop the Subway From Flooding in the Next Huge Storm

New York knew for a long time that a big storm could flood and collapse the subway system, which is exactly what happened with Sandy. Yet city officials did nothing about it. But now, after all the suffering, we'll finally be prepared. » 11/29/12 12:18pm 11/29/12 12:18pm