the big 'u'
One is working with BIG & AECOM to design the Big
U, a protective system that encircles Manhattan,
responding to the needs and concerns of the island’s
diverse communities. Stretching from West 57th
Street south to The Battery and up to East 42nd
Street, Big U protects 10 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.
Coordinated plans are underway created for three
contiguous but separate “compartments” that can
be isolated from flooding in adjacent zones. With a
small team of 6 architects and planners at One I
provide detailed urban analysis, mapping, modeling
and schematic design for the Big U.