The federal Housing and Urban Development's Rebuild by Design competition awarded
$ 335 million to the Danish firm Bjarke Ingels Group to build a 2-mile long eco-friendly storm barrier park which could be completed as early as four years. The project will run from E. 23rd St. to Montgomery St. on the Lower East Side and will create landscaped berms 10-to 20-feet high, which officials say will stop floodwaters from pouring onto the streets in the event of another hurricane The project will also include a bike lane, walking paths and swimming pools.
The design competition was launched by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and its Hurricane Sandy Task Force to address and protect vulnerable areas hit by Hurricane Sandy from future storms and flooding.
The Bjarke Ingels Group is currently involved in building a viewing platform for Pier 6 at the Atlantic Avenue entrance to Brooklyn Bridge Park.
A 2-mile stretch of Manhattan along the East River will be transformed into an eco-friendly playground with swimming areas, officials said Monday, according to the New York Daily News.
The ambitious proposal won $335 million in the federal Housing and Urban Development’s Rebuild by Design competition, launched to rebuild areas hard-hit by Hurricane Sandy.
The project, which will run from E. 23rd St. to Montgomery St. on the Lower East Side, could be completed in as little as four years. The money will help create landscaped berms 10- to 20-feet high, which will stop floodwaters from pouring onto the streets in the event of another hurricane.
The berms will be located on what is now a low-lying service road for the FDR highway.
The designers — Danish firm Bjarke Ingels Group — also plan on adding wharfs, swimming pools in the East River along E. 10th St. and a bike lane and walking path. It was the grand prize winner in the contest, which awarded $415 million to New York City sustainability projects.
New York Daily News - June 3, 2014 - By Jennifer Fermino
thelowdown - June 3, 2014