After Superstorm Sandy, Rebuild by Design — a draft of the competition of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and The Rockefeller Foundation started a project for cities and municipalities affected by the storm, and the residents to come up with plans for projects to make their coastlines more resilient.
Here is a look at some of the project proposals:
THE PROJECT: The $1 billion Big You proposal calls for a 10-mile protective system around lower Manhattan, from west 57th Street down to The Battery and up to East 42nd Street. There are three different parts of the project that would be along the entire island. A berm would protect the East River Park from rising sea levels, while also providing waterfront access. In the neighborhood of Chinatown and the Two Bridges neighborhood, walls would be connected to a highway that could flip down during large floods. And on the Brooklyn Bridge, a road would lead to a higher path, and other unique landscapes.
THE PROJECT: The $230 million project would make use of a mix of hard infrastructure and landscaping to help manage storm water flooding and storm surge. The plans call for a combination of bulkheads and seawalls, plus berms or dikes which also can be used as parks. It would also be an improvement of the infrastructure to slow runoff and reduce wastewater overflow and to manage flooding, according to the Reconstruction of the Design.
THE PROJECT: The New Meadowlands proposal will focus on solutions for the flood-prone area, including the transformation of the area into a flood-protected public park that has a system of berms and marshes, but also make connections with the cities. That could include bike paths, connected to New York. Other elements of the proposal are housing and improvements to the public transport network.
THE PROJECT: Living with the Bay project is the creation of a “greenway corridor” to link communities along Long Island’s Mill River with bike paths and routes. It also contains salt marshes and dikes that improve the quality of the water, according to the Reconstruction of the Design.