Southwest Brooklyn imagines a city where integrating resiliency with the economic and social needs of the city is the standard.
Coastal protection must address both expected sea level rise levels and increased periodic large storm events similar to Hurricane Sandy. Measures to mitigate such impacts should integrate place-making and open space, with waterfront habitat, and mechanical flood control devices to create a strategic continuous waterfront that supports both public accessibility and future development.
Southwest Brooklyn puts forth a vision of development that supports the integration of a variety of strategies to create an equitable solution– promoting strong, vibrant, and growing waterfront communities. “Raising the ground” as a coastal resilience strategy can accommodate new development and integrate it into the existing neighborhood while providing flood protection. Fortified buildings can withstand storm surges. Deployable flood protection elements can help maintain connectivity and views to the waterfront, activating when conditions require. Berms can create great public spaces, allow for recreation, and use natural systems to alleviate flooding. Flood gates and fortification of existing infrastructure can be plugged in to protect assets within the neighborhood context.
Additionally, the framework presents a toolkit of integrated sustainable technologies, including opportunities for interconnected smart, microgrids, and solar and wind power.