Resilient Bridgeport


WB unabridged with Yale ARCADIS
Connecticut

Resilient Bridgeport is a prototype for the region’s coastal cities that consists of a resilience framework and specific design proposals. It focuses on how to protect Bridgeport against climate change and flooding caused by storm surge and rainfall, while stimulating environmental restoration, economic development, and neighborhood revitalization.

The resilience framework is a set of integrated coastal, urban, and riparian design strategies and planning principles. It takes into account short-term and long-term trends, and provides a comprehensive approach to infrastructure planning and risk management. The design proposals are place-specific design solutions ranging from green streets in upland areas to wetland park buffers in coastal areas. Included, too, are places throughout the city that provide safety and services in times of storm and instruct people on how to transition to a way of living and thriving with water.

Each proposal demonstrates three key principles of the resilience framework. First: multiple lines of defense are critical to inhabiting the coast, with site and district level measures complementing engineered solutions and natural buffers. Second: the city’s coastal and riparian edges are productive places of exchange, and the restoration of these zones can be the basis for a revived regional ecology and economy. Third: Bridgeport’s identity is founded upon the relationship of its people and industries to its watercourses, estuaries, and beaches. Reclaiming this identity and redefining what it means to live at the water’s edge are critical to the city’s safety and long-term prospects.

Download the boards presented by WB unabridged w/ Yale ARCADIS in 2013.

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November 2, 2013 8:48 pm
from Michael Menser

This is one of my favorite proposals out of the entire group of 60. First off, it’s not just about resisting the next flood, it’s about building local capacities to remake the economy to both mitigate (through sustainable green economy) and adapt/remake. That its linked to a university makes even more sense, not just for the job training but for the long term curricular changes necessary to promote sustainability and resilience over time. I think that this combination of dimensions: local job training in green economy, education, remaking the waterfront/watershed is one that would be incredibly useful ACROSS the region. Like in your NJ proposal as well. I could see something like this in the 5 boro’s as well, with CUNY at say City Tech or Kingsborough CC, or Brooklyn College, all of which are close to bodies of water/vulnerable diverse populations and places in need of local economic development.

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