The Dryline

“What if we could envision the resilience infrastructure for Lower Manhattan in a way that wouldn’t be like a wall between the city and the water, but rather a string of pearls of social and environmental amenities tailored to their specific neighborhoods” – Bjarke Ingels big team SCHOOL OF CONSTRUCTED ENVIRONMENTS PARSONS THE NEW SCHOOL THE BIG U TITLE Rebuild by Design - The BIG U CLIENT US Dept. of Housing and Urban Development, Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force SIZE 10 miles / 16 km LOCATION New York, USA STATUS Master Plan Design Completed in 2014 $335 million USD secured for Compartment 1 (C1) 2 miles will be completed by 2020 (2017 start of construction) CONTACT Henk WJ Ovink, Principal “Rebuild by Design” (Tel: + 202 402 3731) TEAM BIG, One Architecture, Starr Whitehouse, James Lima Planning, Green Shield Ecology, Buro Happold, AEA Consulting, Project Projects, Arcadis, Level Infrastructure, Parsons School of Constructed Environments AWARDS 2014 HOLCIM Award (Silver Prize), 2014 AIA National Honor Awards, 2014 AIANY Community Development Award, 2014 American Planning Association, William H. Whyte Award THE BIG U PROVIDES FLOOD PROTECTION AND SOCIAL INFRASTRUCTURE FOR • 10 Miles of coastline, 1,500 Acres • 200,000 Residents • 52 Million Annual Visitors • 295 Million Square Feet of Real Estate • 21,000 Businesses The BIG U is a protective system that encircles Manhattan , responding to the needs and concerns of the island’s diverse communities. Stretching fromWest 57th Street south to The Battery and up to East 42nd Street, the BIG U protects 10 continuous miles of low- lying geography that comprise an incredibly dense, vibrant, and vulnerable urban area. The proposed system not only shields the city against floods and stormwater, it provides social and environmental benefits to the community , and fosters an improved public realm. For Phase 3 of Rebuild by Design, the BIG U team created coordinated plans for three contiguous but separate regions of the waterfront dubbed “compartments.” Each compartment comprises a physically discrete flood-protection zone that can be isolated from flooding in adjacent zones. Each presents unique opportunities for integrated social and community planning. The compartments work in concert to protect and enhance the city, but each compartment’s proposal is designed to stand on its own. Proposed solutions for the components were designed in close consultation with the associated communities and many local, municipal, State and Federal stakeholders ; each proposal has a benefit-cost ratio greater than one ; and each is flexible, easily phased, and able to integrate with existing projects in progress. Compartment 1 has been allocated $ 335 million USD dollars by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the first mile will be built by 2020. HA14_KZAKM (REBUILD BY DESIGN - THE BIG U) BOARD 1