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Big U plan by BIG Architects is the winner proposal to protect Manhattan from next hurricane like Sandy.

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BIG Architects and Dutch firm One Architecture co-developed the winning Big U, awarded $335 million as part of the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Rebuild by Design competition.

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The Big U shows that the protection of low-lying parts of Manhattan can be designed in such a way that new opportunities for waterfront and the neighborhoods behind it arise. By reviewing the 10-mile coastline between West 57th via The Battery back to East 42nd Street as a series of compartments, the solutions can be profoundly local. In an intensive design process with community organizations three of the compartments were further elaborated with each a unique solution.

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