THE BIG U
→ As projectleader / architect-researcher at One Architecture I researched resiliency issues in relation to growth, density and (social) infrastructures for the Rebuild by Design competition in New York. We investigated ways to incorporate flood protection measures with solving mobility issues, providing affordable housing, empowering local communities, creating recreational green and cultural spaces and sustainable economic growth.
The entry for the Rebuild by Design competition by Team BIG I’ve been working on at One Architecture with Matthijs Bouw has been awarded $335M to be developed further:
“The Big U is a protective system around Manhattan, driven by the needs and concerns of its communities. Stretching from West 57th street south to The Battery and up to East 42th 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 an improved public realm.”
BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group) with One Architecture, Starr Whitehouse, James Lima Planning + Development, Project Projects, Green Shield Ecology, AEA Consulting, Level Agency for Infrastructure, Arcadis, and the Parsons School of Constructed Environments
After winning the Rebuild by Design competition in April the BIG U scooped up another award. This time it was silver at the 2014 Holcim Awards.
Holcim Awards Silver 2014 – USD 50,000
Rebuilding by Design: Urban flood protection infrastructure, New York, NY, USA
Main Authors: Bjarke Ingels, Thomas Christoffersen, Kai-Uwe Bergmann, Daniel Kidd and Jeremy Siegel, BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group; Laura Starr, Stephen Whitehouse, Andrea Parker and Melon Wedick, Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects & Planners; James Lima, James Lima Planning + Development; Steven Baumgartner, Buro Happold Engineering and Byron Stigge, Level Agency for Infrastructure, all New York, NY, USA; Matthijs Bouw and Ivo de Jeu, One Architecture, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Further authors: Christina Kaunzinger, Green Shield Ecology, Bridgewater, NJ, USA; Edgar J. Westerhof, ARCADIS, New York, NY, USA; Daniel Payne, AEA Consulting, Beacon, NY, USA; Prem Krishnamurthy, Project Projects, New York, NY, USA
© Team BIG