SCAPE / Landscape Architecture

SCAPE/LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE with Parsons Brinckerhoff, Dr. Philip Orton / Stevens Institute of Technology, Ocean & Coastal Consultants, SeArc Ecological Consulting, LOT-EK, MTWTF, The Harbor School and Paul Greenberg.

The Protective Shallows

Our project overlays COASTAL RESILIENCY infrastructure with HABITAT ENHANCEMENT techniques and ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP models, deploying a range of layered strategies that link in-water protective forms to onshore interventions. We have mapped potential enhancements to endangered bay landscapes and communities, and propose a range of design ideas that protect us from the extremes but also improve the quality of our lives every day.

Climate change is bringing new challenges to America’s eastern seaboard. Its predicted effects include a rise in mean temperature and precipitation, accelerated sea level rise, and more frequent, extreme flooding and storm events like Superstorm Sandy. These phenomena- coupled with the excess nitrogen levels in our waters from treated waste water and fertilizers – mean that our critical estuaries and bays are at risk of disappearing within decades, if not years.  With their shallow bathymetry and delicate balance of vulnerable marine life, a loss of these endangered waters would threaten not only the places we live, work, and play but also our cultural connection to the water. These newly reclaimed protective bay landscapes will serve as beloved fishing and recreational grounds, places to wade, swim, and learn, and more importantly as crucial absorptive ecological infrastructure for the communities that have formed around them. We have developed a research process that links ecology and proven coastal protection to increase biodiversity, stewardship, and education models, reducing overall system-wide risk and enhancing recreational and economic opportunities for all.

The SCAPE Team

SCAPE/LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE is partnering with Parsons Brinckerhoff (planning & engineering), Dr. Philip Orton/Stevens Institute of Technology (oceanography & numerical modelling), Ocean & Coastal Consulting (coastal engineering), SeaArc Consulting (marine biology), The Harbor School (education & ecological restoration), LOT-EK (architecture & design), MTWTF (graphic design & communication) and Paul Greenberg (author of Four Fish).

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Winning Proposal

LIVING BREAKWATERS

SCAPE / Landscape Architecture
Staten Island, New York

SCAPE/LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE with Parsons Brinckerhoff, Dr. Philip Orton / Stevens Institute of Technology, Ocean & Coastal Consultants, SeArc Ecological Consulting, LOT-EK, MTWTF, The Harbor School and Paul Greenberg

The Living Breakwaters project reduces risk, revives ecologies, and connects educators to the shoreline, inspiring a new generation of harbor stewards and a more resilient region over time. Staten Island sits at the mouth of the New York Bight, and is vulnerable to wave action and erosion. Rather than create a wall between people and water, our project embraces the water, increases awareness of risk, and steps down that risk with a necklace of breakwaters ...

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Design Process

Finalist Proposal

Other Proposals by SCAPE / Landscape Architecture

Barnegat Bay Remade: Barnegat Bay, NJ

SCAPE / Landscape Architecture
New Jersey

A combination of strategies in the form of tiered, absorptive edges embedded with tidepools and bird/fish habitat structures, will help regenerate lost ecological systems, recalibrate sediment cycles, and step down risk for waterfront communities. Linking man-made sediment cycles with natural cycles will help ensure a productive and resilient bay landscape for future generations.

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Gardening the Bay: Jamaica Bay, NYC

SCAPE / Landscape Architecture
New York

More than any other zone, Jamaica Bay signifies how we can shift our approach to resiliency, and offers a site with rich potential to test a range of different strategies both onshore and within the bay's disappearing marshes and shoals. Jamaica Bay will be home to a signature new Resiliency Institute, where we can contribute to ongoing research efforts and infrastructure upgrades, and align habitat regeneration with coastal protection.

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Hudson Habitat: Piermont, NY

SCAPE / Landscape Architecture
New York

Restoration plans to remove invasive plants in the marshlands have the potential to increase coastal fragility in the short term, while the remainder of the recreational waterfront remains at-risk. We propose to look at the modification and restoration of historic ecosystems, including tidal marshlands and historic oyster reefs, as a new risk-reducing ecological infrastructure along the shoreline.

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More Wet Meadow, Less Lands: Hackensack River, NJ

SCAPE / Landscape Architecture
New Jersey

We propose to consider multiple long term futures of this region and explore the gradual shallowing of under utilized ship channels as part of a larger river restoration effort. Shallowed systems closer to their historic water depths typically have less severe inundation and flooding - initial results for the Hackensack surprisingly suggest that flood water height reductions are definite and may extend as far south as the densely populated Newark Bay.

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