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RESILIENT WATERFRONT
Credits: Mitchell Joachim, Maria
Aiolova, Melanie Fessel, Josef Schrock,
Elisabeth Haid, Wagdy Moussa, James
Schwartz, Jacqueline Hall, Greg
Mulholland

Winner of the
AIA New York Award for
Urban Design

Urbaneer focuses on the issue of storm
water retention in the Brooklyn
Waterfront and feeds into a large
research area of sea level affecting
coastal areas and cities. We propose an
investigation of adaptive reuse of former
military vessels to create a riparian
buffer zone that deals with issues of
surges and flood management in New
York Harbor. The goal is to combine the
natural sedimentation techniques with
the recycling of retired U.S. Naval ships
from the National Defense Reserve
Fleet [NDRF] and United States Navy
reserve fleets to restore the natural water
edge, to reinstate a diversified profile
and to slow down the watercourse. This
comprehensive model of the
reimagined water front is based on one
simple premise- instead of keeping the
water out, the infrastructure is designed
to let the water in. NY does not need to
defend against water but instead share
its presence with the existing estuary.
URBANEER