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PROJECT SUMMARY

The Dryline

Urban flood protection infrastructure

The Dryline (BIG U) addresses New York City’s vulnerability to coastal flooding with a protective ribbon in Southern Manhattan. The 12 km-long infrastructural barrier incorporates public space with the high-water barrier doubling as parks, seating, bicycle shelters or skateboard ramps.

Embankments add green areas and spaces beneath elevated roadways are built out with pavilions for public use. In an emergency, the shutters close forming a floodwater barrier.

Project Timeline

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New York Mayor adds to Dryline with USD 170 million infrastructure funding
 
Dryline secures USD 176 million in Federal funding and starts construction in 2017
 
Responding to climate change with creative urban infrastructure
 
Bjarke Ingels: “Information driven design”
 
The Dryline – BIG’s vision for New York City
 
“Reclaiming the waterfront”
 
The “Dryline” protection and additional public amenities
 
Global Jury Report - The Dryline
 
Global finalist project entry 2015 - The Dryline
 
An Odyssey of Architectural Adaptation
 
Global Holcim Awards winners announced April 20
 
Initial funding and further awards for BIG-U project
 
 
 
Protective ribbon: Silver for urban flood-protection infrastructure
 
Rebuild by Design
 
“An ingenious solution in an age marked by climate change and rising global sea levels” – Holcim Awards Jury
 
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Project Details
Location
New York, NY, USA
Authors
Kai-Uwe Bergmann
MAIN AUTHOR
Kai-Uwe Bergmann
BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group, USA
Bjarke Ingels
MAIN AUTHOR
Bjarke Ingels
BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group, USA
Matthijs Bouw
MAIN AUTHOR
Matthijs Bouw
One Architecture, Netherlands
Thomas Christoffersen
MAIN AUTHOR
Thomas Christoffersen
BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group, USA
Daniel Kidd
MAIN AUTHOR
Daniel Kidd
BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group, USA
Jeremy Siegel
MAIN AUTHOR
Jeremy Siegel
BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group, USA
Laura Starr
MAIN AUTHOR
Laura Starr
Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects and Planners, USA
Stephen Whitehouse
MAIN AUTHOR
Stephen Whitehouse
Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects and Planners, USA
Andrea Parker
MAIN AUTHOR
Andrea Parker
Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects and Planners, USA
Melon Wedick
MAIN AUTHOR
Melon Wedick
Starr Whitehouse Landscape Architects and Planners, USA
James Lima
MAIN AUTHOR
James Lima
James Lima Planning + Development, USA
Steven Baumgartner
MAIN AUTHOR
Steven Baumgartner
Buro Happold Engineering, USA
Byron Stigge
MAIN AUTHOR
Byron Stigge
Level Agency for Infrastructure, USA
Ivo de Jeu
MAIN AUTHOR
Ivo de Jeu
One Architecture, Netherlands
Christina Kaunzinger
MAIN AUTHOR
Christina Kaunzinger
Green Shield Ecology, USA
Edgar J. Westerhof
MAIN AUTHOR
Edgar J. Westerhof
ARCADIS, USA
Daniel Payne
MAIN AUTHOR
Daniel Payne
AEA Consulting, USA
Prem Krishnamurthy
MAIN AUTHOR
Prem Krishnamurthy
Project Projects, New York, USA
Credit
Client: United States Department of Housing and Urban Development
Prizes
Awards
Bronze 2015
Global
Awards
Silver 2014
North America
RELATED INFORMATION
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Bjarke Ingels: “Information driven design”
Bjarke Ingels: “Information driven design”

The founder of BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group explains how the design work of his office is driven by information. The Dryline

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The Dryline: Global Holcim Awards Bronze 2015 – Project Overview
The Dryline: Global Holcim Awards Bronze 2015 – Project Overview

A project that addresses New York City’s vulnerability to coastal flooding with a protective ribbon in Southern Manhattan won …

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“A halo of light and life that protects the city” – Meisa Batayneh Maani
“A halo of light and life that protects the city” – Meisa Batayneh Maani

Global Holcim Awards jury member Meisa Batayneh Maani notes the daring and visionary nature of the Bronze-winning project “The …

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“Utilizing infrastructure for the formation of new types of public space” – Mohsen Mostafavi
“Utilizing infrastructure for the formation of new types of public space” – Mohsen Mostafavi

Head of the Global Holcim Awards jury 2015, Mohsen Mostafavi, highlighted the creation of distinctive public space and new …

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The Dryline – BIG’s vision for New York City
The Dryline – BIG’s vision for New York City

The Holcim Awards Silver 2014 winning project for North America addresses the vulnerability of New York City to coastal …

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Rebuild by Design: Holcim Awards Silver 2014 for North America – Project Overview
Rebuild by Design: Holcim Awards Silver 2014 for North America – Project Overview

The BIG U project that addresses New York City’s vulnerability to coastal flooding by using a raised berm and sequence of …

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“Sustainability? Social solutions for generations to come” – Kai-Uwe Bergmann
“Sustainability? Social solutions for generations to come” – Kai-Uwe Bergmann

Kai-Uwe Bergmann from Bjarke Ingels Group – BIG proposes a large-scale flood protection system by means of a set of small-scale …

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“Sustainability? Bringing all the benefits together” – Matthijs Bouw
“Sustainability? Bringing all the benefits together” – Matthijs Bouw

Matthijs Bouw from One Architecture sees the potential for social and economic benefits in the flood protection infrastructure. …

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