An ingenious solution in an age marked by climate change and rising global sea levels.
Holcim Awards 2014 jury for North America
Superstorm Sandy overwhelmed New York City and surrounding regions in 2012 and caused USD 65 billion in damages in the USA. The federal government issued Rebuild by Design, an unprecedented call to action to not only repair but to enhance preventative measures and encourage collaboration across agencies.
The Dryline mediates between perceived opposing forces (growing cities and exposure to extreme weather) so they can work together. Neighborhoods in the floodplain can strategically grow to provide coastal protection while improving commercial, recreational, and cultural resources. The project proposes a protective ribbon around Manhattan: the Westside down to The Battery and up the Lower East Side (LES).
The Dryline bundles infrastructure with localized civic needs, improving at-risk waterfront communities for well-balanced living. It comprises multiple design opportunities; each on unique scales of time, size, and investment; each neighborhood tailoring its own set of programs.
The Dryline of three components: BIG Bench; Battery; and Berm. BIG Bench is a continuous protective element adapted to local context that mediates new and existing infrastructure. It is designed like street furniture: practical yet playful. The Battery features protective landscape anchored by an iconic museum. The Berm rises 4 meters by the highways allowing a park-scape to connect coast and community with harbor paths and greenways. Ultimately, The Berm will cap the highway.
The Dryline project was submitted in the Holcim Awards 2014 under the title BIG U.
Project Status: Stage One Completed – Mid-2023