jamaica bay, ny / 2013
When Hurricane Sandy hit New York in 2012, flood waters inundated the city causing tremendous loss. Historical maps show where salt marshes have vanished. A strong correlation exists between the disappearance of salt marshes and the emergence of flood zones. The project rebuilds the exchange interface of urban and seawater to restore the marsh functionality. The basic landform unit has a form resulting from natural coastline movement, which is able to create a buffer by repeating itself with varying unit sizes and thus the salt holding capacity. The system stretches into the existing urban grid by applying similar unit shapes and functions plus the local conditions of each area. From the inner side to the coast, both the inundation risk and the salinity level may become higher and higher, but accessibility and building density will become less and less.
collaborator: xinjun gu