NEW YORK, NEW YORK
It has been predicted that by 2050, the surge will reach up to 15 feet in height. With this in mind, parts of NYC will be two stories underwater. As a prototype solution for the typical NYC housing areas with Section 8 and NYC sponsored co-ops, the area between the Manhattan Bridge and 14 street was chosen as place to implement a new urban strategy that would accommodate the surge in the future. This strategy suggests building a porous higher ground 20 feet above the existing surface where the surge can be absorbed and released during a storm. Within this new interstitial space, there would be soccer fields, basketball courts, tennis courts, and parking. During a storm these fields would flood will remain after. On top of this new surface would be gardens, walkways, and more recreational facilities. Two floors of apartments would be vacated on the ground and 2 apartments would be replaced above thereby renovating the units on higher floors. A new network of habitation would emerge above ground.