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Sandy-Inspired Design

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The city's chief urban designer, Alexandros Washburn, happens to live in Red Hook?and water covered his ground floor, three feet deep, on the night of Hurricane Sandy. After getting his family out of the house, Washburn stayed to watch the way the flooding affected his home, and the result is a prototype he's calling the Washburnizer, "a hydrostatic equalizer with a series of perforated tubes that would run under the foundation," funneling groundwater away from the house during a storm. In theory, the design could protect Washburn's home and others from future flooding. [NYT; previously]