Implementing Innovative Flood Protection/Mitigation
Summary of evolution of the Rebuild by Design (RBD) process;
In June 2013, HUD launched the RBD competition to encourage new design visions in response to the devastation brought on by Hurricane Sandy to the New York Metropolitan area. Through this competition, funded using foundation and private-sector funding sources, winning proposals were identified for further design development. In June 2014, following a year-long process of meeting with scientists, regional experts, government agencies, elected officials, community organizations, local groups and individuals, HUD announced six winning projects in Long Island, New Jersey (Hoboken and the Meadowlands), the Bronx, Staten Island, and Manhattan.
The concept for Manhattan, named “the Big U,” was a flood protection system extending south along the Hudson River from West 57th Street to The Battery, then north up the East River to East 42nd Street. Subsequently, a more targeted proposal was developed for vulnerable communities along the East River. The designs were refined based on the FEMA flood hazard areas, topography, and sea level rise projections developed by the New York City Panel on Climate Change. Within this project area, the flood protection system is aligned within City parkland and streets using a combination of “bridging berms,” floodwalls, and deployable gates. A supporting goal is to improve open spaces and enhance access to the waterfront, including East River and Stuyvesant Cove Parks.
The Living Breakwaters project on Staten Island addresses structural and social vulnerabilities. The key project component is an ecologically enhanced breakwater to attenuate wave energy, promote calm water, and address shoreline erosion. The breakwaters would also foster ecological resiliency by providing habitat for a diversity of finfish and shellfish species. A Water Hub would provide a place for access to the waterfront, and would engage local schools in waterfront education and long-term estuary stewardship. Finally, the project would work in concert with an on-shore protection system to further reduce risk to shoreline communities.
This panel will discuss how the RBD visions were refined along parallel tracks of community engagement, engineering and cost evaluation, multi-agency review, compatibility with regulatory requirements and coastal zone management planning, and in consideration of environmental and social factors, to become major capital projects.
, BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group
, New York
Confirmed SpeakerJeremy Alain Siegel directed the BIG team in its winning proposal for the Rebuild by Design competition, and now leads urban design of the subsequent East Side and Lower Manhattan Coastal Resiliency Projects for the City of New York. He has been working with Bjarke Ingels and BIG since the establishment of its New York office in 2010, and has been involved in a wide range of masterplanning and design efforts – including most recently Google’s master development and expansion plan in Mountain View, California. Jeremy has lectured widely on issues of urban resiliency, and has taught design as a teaching associate at Cornell University, Parsons, and the University of Pennsylvania. He is currently a member of the AIA Planning and Urban Design Committee, and was named a 2016-2017 Forefront Fellow with the Forum for Urban Design.
, Parsons Brinkerhoff
Confirmed SpeakerPippa is the Director of Planning and Resilience at SCAPE Landscape Architecture. Pippa works with planning, engineering and design teams to integrate landscape strategies that are sustainable and resilient, and that balance environment, infrastructure, development, and community quality of life needs. Her recent work includes developing coastal protection strategies for New York City’s Strategic Initiative for Rebuilding and Resilience (SIRR); working with community planning committees as part of the New York Rising Community Reconstruction Program; and serving as a key team member in the development of SCAPE’s winning Rebuild By Design proposal, Living Breakwaters. Living Breakwaters is a comprehensive climate change resiliency strategy for the South Shore of Staten Island that will be implemented by the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery with $60 million of CDBG-DR funding.
, NYC Mayor's Office of Recovery and Resiliency
, New York
Confirmed SpeakerCarrie Grassi is Deputy Director for Planning at the NYC Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency. She leads interagency collaboration and community coordination for the implementation of neighborhood-based climate change resiliency efforts, such as HUD’s Rebuild By Design program and its resulting $335M East Side Coastal Resiliency project, and the State’s NY Rising Community Reconstruction Program. She is also leading the City’s appeal of the FEMA flood maps and serves on FEMA’s Technical Mapping Advisory Council. After Hurricane Sandy, Carrie was a member of the Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency, the result of which is the City’s comprehensive climate resiliency plan, A Stronger, More Resilient New York. Carrie has worked in both government and non-profit institutions focused on project implementation, civic engagement, and environmental stewardship. She holds a Masters in City Planning from MIT.