The BIG U has won a Global Holcim Award for Sustainable Construction. As part of the team for The Big U, JLP+D helped develop this ambitious flood protective system encompassing ten miles of Lower Manhattan waterfront. The project overlays social infrastructure on resiliency infrastructure, answering the question of how resiliency measures can protect neighborhoods from climate shocks while providing new spaces and places for people. James Lima has helped lead the team’s work exploring potential public-private partnership structures, funding strategies, cost-benefit analyses, public policy alignments, and intergovernmental outreach and coordination efforts. Phase One will be built with $335 million in funding awarded by HUD in 2014, and the project team continues to build strong local community and political support.
The project has received wide acclaim and numerous other awards, including: American Institute of Architects: Nat’l Honor Award for Regional & Urban Design (2015); AIA NY Chapter: Design Award: Urban Design Merit Award (2015), Honors Awards: Community Development Award (2014); American Planning Association: Nat’l Planning Excellence Award for Urban Design (2015); American Society of Landscape Architects NY Chapter Design Award: Honor Award (2015); APA NY Chapter: H. Whyte Award for Creativity & Ingenuity in Planning (2014); MIPIM Architectural Review Future Project Award: Big Urban Projects (2015); Architizer A+ Awards: Masterplan Jury Winner (2015); NY Planning Federation Awards, Winner (2015).