It looks like the Bjarke Ingels Group’s BIG U proposal to create a flood barrier along Manhattan’s East River is moving forward with a catchy new name and an exciting video to go along with it. The ambitious project, lovingly dubbed The Dryline, consists of a 10-mile earthen berm ribbon along the East River from East 23rd Street to Montgomery Street. Although the project development is still in its very early stages, BIG’s beautiful video gives us a better idea of what their vision for a more resilient NYC will look like when it’s complete.
The ambitious BIG U design was chosen as one of the winners of last year’s Rebuild by Design competition organized by the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The competition called for designs that would help NYC implement feasible resiliency strategies in order to protect against future superstorms such as 2012’s Hurricane Sandy. As one of the winning designs, the BIG U project was awarded $335 million towards implementation.
The flood prevention proposal was developed in collaboration with local community groups and is currently waiting on HUD approval, location surveys and environmental reviews before the the plan can get the official green light. At this point in time, the project is slated for completion in 2018.
Via The Lodown NY