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BIG awarded 5 million to improve Lower Manhattan storm defences

Danish studio BIG has been granted $335 million to upgrade Lower Manhattan’s storm defenses, as one of six winners in the Rebuild by Design initiative to revive parts of the USA struck by Hurricane Sandy.

BIG and Dutch firm One Architecture co-developed the winning Big U scheme as a protective system that would extend ten miles around the tip of Manhattan island, creating a “bridging berm” that would shield buildings from floods and storm surges. The idea here is to create new spaces – ones that are usable and beautiful, but that can also protect our city from being ravaged like it was back in 2012. Looks great!

BIG awarded $335 million to improve Lower Manhattan storm defences.

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