Waggonner and Ball, unabridged Architecture, and the Gulf Coast Community Design Studio bring 24 years of combined experience living in, working with, and designing for disaster-affected communities along the Gulf Coast of the United States. Yale’s Urban Ecology and Design Laboratory and ARCADIS provide additional expertise in ecology, urban and landscape design, coastal engineering, and stormwater management, as well as specific knowledge of the Long Island Sound and the Northeast Atlantic region.
At the city and regional scales, the team has mapped risks, assets, and land use to determine the value of varying forms of interventions along the Connecticut coast and densely settled I-95/Metro North Railroad Corridor. Interventions considered are for a variegated edge of hard and soft protection zones with multiple lines of defense providing higher levels of risk-reduction. A watershed-based planning approach yields an integrated resilience framework for coastal communities with similar geology and topography, while identifying key interventions for each landscape type and opportunities for economic development and environmental restoration. The team is testing the resilience framework at specific sites, finding ways to orient people to the landscape and flow of water. This framework suggests spaces and places that not only provide safety and services in times of storm but also instruct people on how to transition to a way of living and thriving with water.
For the design team, integrating the design process and community engagement efforts has allowed for the participation of diverse local and regional stakeholders in the development of a resilience framework for Bridgeport. Workshops with community partners, ongoing conversations with government officials, design charettes with critical stakeholders, and a series of public open houses and educational activities with both youth and adults have been instrumental in shaping the focus and content of the design team’s work. Each event has been an opportunity to share water management strategies and principles for resilient design with the community, to empower citizens to engage in the conversation about their city’s future, and to build together towards a shared vision and implementation strategy.
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