East Side Coastal Resilience / The Big U

Provided detailed urban analysis, mapping, modeling and schematic design for the first phase of this innovative coastal protective system encircling Manhattan.

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. While Interning at ONE Architecture from 2016-2017 I worked with a small team of 6 architects and planners to provide detailed urban analysis, mapping, modeling and schematic design for the first phase of this vision to begin construction, known as The East Side Coastal Resiliency (ESCR) Project.

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