A City-wide section shows how riparian, urban, and coastal strategies integrate to protect against storms and spur ecological and economic development.
Watershed Based Planning
Resilient Bridgeport must consider the flux of coastal ecology and economy. Transportation infrastructure, utilities, and information networks link Bridgeport to regional markets and centers. Similarly, coastal hydrology moves sediment and other material, constantly reshaping the line between land and water.
Explorations for Long Island Sound Protections
Multiple Lines of Defense
Berms, floodwalls and surge gates provide critical surge protection, and are complemented by offshore breakwater reef and wetland systems. Intermediate and internal measures ranging from green infrastructure to hazard mitigation strategies such as home elevation improve overall resilience.
Four landscape typologies define Bridgeport and other Long Island Sound cities along the Connecticut Coast. These are the uplands, riparian corridors, coastal flats, and estuaries.
Resilient Bridgeport provides a framework with which the city’s residents take value from the water by restoring their connection to it, revealing boxed-in rivers, connecting water-rich Olmsted parks, and embracing the flow as a true water city. The proposal looks to Bridgeport’s past as well as a staged revitalization for the future city by fostering connectivity, innovation, production, and exchange.