If Another Superstorm Hits NYC, the Bridging Berm Will Protect the City

The Bridging Berm is a dirt barricade that will help to protect New York City in another superstorm.
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The Bridging Berm is a dirt barricade that will help to protect New York City in another superstorm.
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Superstorm Sandy hit the east cost pretty hard in 2012, and New York City was one of the largest casualties -- the storm cost the city billions in damages. The Bridging Berm hopes to prevent such damage in the future. 

The project was the winner of the US Department of Housing and Urban Development's Rebuild by Design contest, and is currently being worked on in Manhattan's lower east side. The finished product will shelter 150,000 residents and a power sub-station. The idea is to offer protection from the storm as well as rising sea levels. 

The Bridging Berm will cover 2.19 miles along the East River, occupying a space that is currently a public park. It will also raise the riverbank to nine feet above the current level -- if this were the case during Sandy, there would still be an extra four feet. 

“The strength of the proposal is in the way they have addressed both the vertical and the horizontal through a series of programmed berms and bridges that mediate the boundary between the waterfront and the edge of the city — defining a place for community gathering and a way to inhabit the in-between," said Jeremy Barbour of Tacklebox Architecture. 

The area will also host bike paths along the water, athletic fields, and areas for boating and fishing.