An ambitious effort called Rebuild by Design aims to redevelop sections of New York’s waterfront for climate change’s new normal of rising seas, increased flooding, and more frequent and more destructive storms.
Sparked by the catastrophic flooding that hit the region in 2012 during Hurricane Sandy, $930 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has been allocated to take a half-dozen winning proposals—the products of a competitive design process—from the flat screen to the real world.
They are designed to improve everyday life in ways particular to each neighborhood while also acting as “a comprehensive flood system that acknowledges that we’re going to have to live with the water,” said Amy Chester, the project manager of Rebuild by Design.
The most extensive plan, called “Big U,” envisions a 10-mile-long integrated system of green spaces, floodgates, and other measures to cocoon several Manhattan neighborhoods against the next big storm surge.
Enter the gallery to see some of the other innovative redesigns for urban waterfront living.
(Illustration: Big Team/Courtesy Rebuild by Design)