OMA

OMA with Royal HaskoningDHV; Balmori Associates; and HR&A Advisors

Our Design Team

The OMA team marries expertise from both old and new Amsterdam. Led by architects and urban designers, OMA, the team brings together the water management and engineering expertise of Royal HaskoningDHV, the landscape and land-use planning experience of Balmori and the economic understanding of HR&A. Communication is facilitated with the help of ‘2×4’.

With a focus on high-density urban environments, the team’s driving principal is one of integration. The tools of defense should be seen as intrinsic to the urban environment, and serve as a scaffold to enable activity—much in the same way that the dam is the genesis of the city of Amsterdam. This will necessitate an approach that is both holistic and dynamic; one that acknowledges the complexity of systems at play; and one that works with, rather than against, the natural flow.

 

Our Approach

“Achieving effective resiliency through a risk-based approach”

The Sandy affected region is a long coastline with many assets, and as we now know, at risk. A comprehensive solution is beyond our means, so we will need to prioritize, build smart, and recognize where best to focus our resources for greatest impact. Integrated into our built environments, over time our investments in protection should also empower our communities and our economy, allowing us to grow into resiliency.

Our approach is framed by a desire to understand and quantify flood risk. In doing so, we are better placed to identify those opportunities that present the greatest impact, the best value, and the highest potential (our areas of focus). Our matrix of opportunities charts our focus areas, at different geographic scales, against the spectrum of solutions represented by our team’s expertise. The resulting opportunities are a selection of case studies that showcase how our approach might be used to transform our region.

Download the boards and project research presented by OMA in 2013 here.

View the team’s latest project updates on their design opportunity page here.

Projects by OMA

Communication Systems

OMA
New York

In anticipating floods and building resiliency, it is essential for all stakeholders to share a common understanding of the risks and their implications. Although efforts continue to be made at outreach and capacity building, more can be done to make information accessible―a flood risk 101. During a flood event, information must be consolidated and filtered to better serve government, first responders, and private citizens―an ESPN for floods.

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Infrastructure Catalyst

OMA
New York

JFK International Airport is a vital node in the regions infrastructure. As part of Jamaica Bay, it is also highly vulnerable to flood risk. Although the airport is capable of ‘taking care if its own problems’, there is an opportunity to leverage this asset to promote the common flood defense of the Jamaica Bay area. That means integrating the airport into a larger tiered defense system, and using the airport as a catalyst for growth; ...

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Planning Principles

OMA
New York

To support the future growth of the region in a flood risk constrained environment, deciding where to grow will be critical. This will mean focusing new growth in those areas that can be optimally defended, and conversely, limiting exposure in those areas that cannot―citadel cities versus amphibious villages. Remaining safe, but also enjoying the shore. Making smart decisions on where to grow resiliently.

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Resist, Delay, Store, Discharge: a comprehensive strategy for Hoboken

OMA
New Jersey

Hoboken is susceptible to both flash flood and storm surge. Our project capitalizes on a combination of political, ecological, and economic factors to create a comprehensive flood strategy - resist, delay, store, discharge - that both defends the entire city, and enables commercial, civic, and recreational amenities to take shape

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Resist, Delay, Store, Discharge: A Comprehensive Strategy for Hoboken

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Hoboken, New Jersey

Jersey City, Hoboken and Weehawken are susceptible to both flash flood and storm surge. As integrated urban environments, discreet one-house-at-a-time solutions do not make sense. What is required is a comprehensive approach that acknowledges the density and complexity of the context, galvanizes a diverse community of beneficiaries, and defends the entire city, its assets and citizens. Our comprehensive urban water strategy deploys programmed hard infrastructure and soft landscape for coastal defense (resist); policy recommendations, guidelines, ...

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