THE BIG U
Size in m2:
United States Department of Housing and Urban Development
ONE Architecture, Starr Whitehouse, James Lima Planning + Development, Level Infrastructure, BuroHappold, Arcadis, Green Shield Ecology, AEA Consulting, BIG IDEAS
2015 AIA National Honor Award for Regional & Urban Design, 2015 APA National Planning Excellence Award for Urban Design, 2015 Architizer A+ Award Masterplan Jury Winner, 2015 Bronze Holcim Award for Sustainable Construction, 2015 Holcim Awards Innovation Taskforce, 2015 NY Planning Federation Award Winner (Rebuild by Design), 2015 ASLA NY Chapter Design Honor Award, 2015 MIPIM AR Future Big Urban Projects Award, 2014 HOLCIM Silver Award in North America, 2014 APA NY Chapter William H. White Award for Creativity & Ingenuity in Planning, 2014 AIA NY Chapter Community Development Honors Award (Rebuild by Design)
Partner in Charge:
Bjarke Ingels, Kai-Uwe Bergmann, Thomas Christofferson
Jeremy Alain Siegel, Daniel Kidd
Kurt Nieminen, Dammy Lee, Yifu Sun, Jack Lipson, David Spittler, Blake Smith, David Dottelonde, Ken Amoah, Choonghyo Lee, Wesley Chiang, Daisy Zhong, Hector Garcia, Riccardo de Palma, Yaziel Juarbe, Taylor Hewett, Jan Casimir, Daniele Pronesti, Tore Banke, Yehezkiel Wiliardy, Max Moriyama
Rebuild by Design, an initiative of the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force and HUD, is aimed at addressing structural and environmental vulnerabilities that Hurricane Sandy exposed in communities throughout the region and developing fundable solutions to protect residents from future climate events. The BIG U is a protective system around Manhattan from West 54th street south to The Battery and up to East 40th street: 10 continuous miles of low-lying geography that comprise an incredibly dense, vibrant, and vulnerable urban area.
The BIG U consists of multiple but linked design opportunities; each on different scales of time, size and investment; each local neighborhood tailoring its own set of programs, functions, and opportunities. Small, relatively simple projects maintain the resiliency investment momentum post-Sandy, while setting in motion the longer-term solutions that will be necessary in the future.