City Selects Team To Design Lower Manhattan Section Of Flood Protection System

Big UBig U, image via Rebuild By Design

In the wake of Superstorm Sandy in 2012 and the realization of rising sea levels, YIMBY, in 2013 and 2014, wrote on “Seaport City,” which was the Bloomberg administration’s ambitious proposal to mitigate flood waters in Lower Manhattan. But the city’s Economic Development Corporation is moving forward with another, less expensive plan, once dubbed the Big U and later the Dryline. The latest news concerns transforming the current shoreline from Harrison Street, in TriBeCa, to Montgomery Street, on the Lower East Side. This section would measure roughly 3.5 miles, and last week the city selected AECOM, who leads ONE Architecture, the Bjarke Ingles Group (BIG), Dewberry, and others, to officially design and engineer it, Crain’s reports.

The entire Dryline is expected to cost north of $1 billion, and $176 million and $115 million of federal and city money, respectively, has already been secured for parts of the project. Another section between Montgomery Street and East 23rd Street, in Kips Bay, is the project’s first phase and was granted $335 million in federal money in 2014. Like the Downtown compartment, it’s being lead by the Bjarke Ingels Group, who is responsible for the 10-mile-long project’s initial conception. ONE Architecture, Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects and Planners, James Lima Planning + Development, Project Projects, Green Shield Ecology, AEA Consulting, Level Agency for Infrastructure, Arcadis, and the Parsons School of Constructed Environments were or currently are partners in various stages of the project.


The Lower East Side’s/East Village’s section of the Dryline, rendering by Bjarke Ingels Group

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