It's time for cities to embrace resilience. It needs to be a driver of design going forward.

“The Big U is the love child of Robert Moses and Jane Jacobs,” said Bjarke Ingels, founder of the multidisciplinary design firm BIG, to huge laughs at GreenBuild ‘s finale in Los Angeles. “It’s both a holistic, contiguous project” that Moses, the master of top-down planning, would appreciate and the result of lots of local community input, which Jacobs, the advocate for bottom-up, small-scale planning, would approve of. Ingels was speaking of his vision for a protective system of green berms and parks that will protect lower Manhattan from the next Hurricane Sandy, swinging from West 54th street south to The Battery and up to East 40th Street. The Big U was one of the major winners of the Rebuild by Design competition , which was organized by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Rockefeller Foundation, receiving some $335 million. (For their p...

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