Sustainable construction proposal addresses coastal flooding in New York City

Big U/Dryline project. Photo courtesy of Holcim.Big U/Dryline project. Photo courtesy of Holcim.

A landscape architecture design proposal that addresses the increasing risk of coastal flooding in New York City was named one of three winners of the Global Holcim Awards for Sustainable Construction, an international competition that recognizes designs that provide sustainable solutions to local issues faced by communities throughout the world.

The Big U/Dryline project, which was awarded the bronze prize, was created by Copenhagen- and New York-based BIG-Bjarke Ingels Group and Amsterdam-based One Architecture. The project encircles Manhattan, protecting 10 continuous miles of low lying geography against floods and storm water through the use of elevated berms and flood-protection zones.

More than 6,000 entries were submitted for the awards, which are given every three years. The other two winning project sites are in Colombia and Sri Lanka.

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