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Big U would not only tackle Lower Manhattan, but would also extend to known flood zones up to 57th Street on the West Side, down through Battery Park, and up to 42nd street on the East Side. The plan will encompass ten miles of low-lying land throughout Manhattan, enacting flood-protection infrastructure woven through public developments. The flood protection facet will be divided in three compartments, which could each be isolated during storm surges so that an overflow at one would not affect the others.

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Along with these discrete flood protection zones, Big U envisions lush green spaces that connect one compartment to the next, based loosely on the High Line Park’s oblong plan. BIG has also imagined outdoor water park areas, a new aquarium, and even a lagoon-style park area for local fishing.