BIG's Big U, a concept that would shield New York City against floods and stormwater surges and address the needs of its communities, is one of the proposals for the Department of Housing and Urban Development's Rebuild by Design competition. The design includes a 10-mile system that would wrap around Manhattan, providing three distinct flood-control zones called compartments complete with plans unique to each of the three neighborhoods they protect. "The team's approach is rooted in the two concepts of social infrastructure and hedonistic sustainability," according to the firm. "The Big U not only shields the city against floods and storm water; it provides social and environmental benefits to the community, and fosters an improved public realm."
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