Sasaki/Rutgers/Arup

Sasaki Associates with Rutgers University and ARUP

The Sasaki-led team, with Rutgers University and Arup, leverages the interdisciplinary perspectives of designers, planners, ecologists, social scientists, and engineers to design opportunities and strategies for long-term coastal resilience. Sasaki’s research focuses on the value of “the beach,” a place of special significance to human memory and economy, and a vital component of coastal ecosystems.  New Jersey’s northern shore (Ocean and Monmouth counties) is an ideal place to study the identity and function of the beach; it includes the three coastal typologies found across the eastern seaboard of the United States: Barrier Island, Headlands, and Inland Bay. Informed by a close reading of the ecological, economic, and cultural conditions of the Jersey Shore, the Sasaki team’s three design opportunities rethink iconic elements of the human experience of the shore – the pier, the boardwalk, and the marina – to integrate greater ecological function and help coastal communities adapt and strengthen in the face of ongoing sea level rise and storm threats.

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Projects by Sasaki/Rutgers/Arup

Barrier Island

Sasaki/Rutgers/Arup
New Jersey

Hurricane Sandy demonstrated the vulnerability of development on the Barrier Islands, which are constantly shifting with the energy of sea and storm. In this proposal, the iconic language of the beach pier extends inland into an ecotourism gradient that redefines the coast as the entire ecosystem between the beach and the N.J. Pinelands, broadening the experience of the rich barrier island ecosystems and encouraging safe sites for future development.

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Headlands

Sasaki/Rutgers/Arup
New Jersey

The Headlands are the most exposed stretch of the New Jersey shore, with open ocean views and direct wind and wave action. Today, the beach is shaped and protected for human use only, minimizing its function for the diverse ecology needed for a protective dune landscape and necessitating ongoing sand replenishment. The Boardwalk is an ever-present cultural icon – yet it does little for coastal ecology and remains vulnerable.

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Inland Bay

Sasaki/Rutgers/Arup
New Jersey

Water culture in the Inland Bay - the most complex region of the New Jersey shore - is centered on the marina, for commercial fishing and recreation. Building on its recreational and commercial role, the marina will be joined with marsh functions to enhance coastal protection while providing new sources of value for adjacent ecosystems and communities, and marsh landscapes will be designed to mitigate contamination...

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Resilience + The Beach

Sasaki/Rutgers/Arup
New Jersey

Sasaki’s vision for the Jersey Shore builds upon one of its most valuable assets – the beach. Three typologies define the beach culturally, economically and ecologically: the Barrier Island, Headlands, and Inland Bay. Within this framework, the design opportunity rethinks iconic elements of the human experience of the shore – the pier, the boardwalk, and the marina – to integrate ecological function and help the region adapt in the face of sea level rise.

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RESILIENCE + THE BEACH

Sasaki/Rutgers/Arup
Jersey Shore, NJ

Our team’s research and design strategies focus on the value of “the beach,” a place of special significance to memory, state and local economies, and a vital component of coastal ecosystems. New Jersey’s northern shore is an ideal place to study the identity and function of the beach, since it includes the three coastal typologies found across the eastern seaboard of the United States: Barrier Island, Headlands, and Inland Bay. Over the past ...

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