Rebuild by Design, an initiative of the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force and HUD, addressed structural and environmental vulnerabilities that Hurricane Sandy exposed in communities throughout the region and developing fundable solutions to protect residents from future climate events. BIG Team's Big U is a vision for a protective system around Manhattan from West 54th street south to The Battery and up to East 40th street: 10 continuous miles of low-lying geography that comprise an incredibly dense, vibrant, and vulnerable urban area.
The Big U consists of multiple but linked design opportunities; each on different scales of time, size and investment; each local neighborhood tailoring its own set of programs, functions, and opportunities. Small, relatively simple projects maintain the resiliency investment momentum post-Sandy, while setting in motion the longer-term solutions that will be necessary in the future.
To celebrate Urban October 2015, Arcadis set up the ‘Urban Thinkers’ Challenge on October 28.
Arcadians all over the world had the chance to share their innovative ideas for the perfect city of the future. How will the next generation live and get around?
Over a 24-hour period on 28 October, workshops were held in Arcadis office in 13 cities around the world - New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, London, Rotterdam, Berlin, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Sydney, Dubai and Sao Paulo. Hundreds of people from all areas of the business shared ideas, expertise and urban solutions for future cities - our future cities. The sessions focused on three themes that make every city livable, competitive, and sustainable: resilience, mobility and regeneration. Moreover, Arcadians shared their ideas online.
The culmination of this will be brought together in a book shared with UN Habitat and published on Arcadis.com/shelter in early 2016.